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Abbey House Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Abbey Walk, Leeds, 3 miles from city centre on A65 road to Kirkstall
Tel. 0113 230 5492
Open: Tue-Fri, and Sun, 10am-5pm; Sat, noon-5pm
Interactive exhibits of everyday life and the city of Leeds in Victorian times shown by using recreated streets, shops, and houses; family friendly; shop; café; across the road is Kirkstall Abbey; parking

Abbey Pumping Station Museum
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Corporation Road, Leicester, LE4 5PX
Tel. 0116 299 5111
Open: Feb-Nov, Sat-Wed, 11am–4.30pm, Sun 1-4.30pm; daily during school holidays except Christmas holidays; open Dec and Jan for special events
Museum of Science and Technology, situated in Victorian sewage treatment building; displays on Leicester’s 200 year old industrial, technological and scientific heritage; four rare examples of Woolf compound rotative beam steam engines used to pump sewage; exhibitions on light and optics, historic transport, and public health; car park, limited disabled access, guide dogs welcome; special steam events

Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Abbot Hall, Kendal
Tel. 0 1539 722 464
Open: April-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10.30-5pm; Nov-March, Mon-Sat, 10.30am-4pm; closed from mid Dec until mid Jan
18th –19th century watercolours; 20th century British paintings and sculptures; objets d’art include rare furniture by Gillows and English pottery and porcelain; shop; special exhibitions and events; coffee shop; also on site is Museum of Lakeland Life
Web: Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abingdon County Hall Museum
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Old County Hall, Market Place, Abingdon
Tel. 0 1235 523 703
Open: year round, daily, 10.30am-4pm
Displays of local history and archaeology of the town and area; temporary exhibitions; snack area

Alexander Keiller Museum and Avebury Stone Circle
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Avebury village
Tel. 01672 539 250
Open: stone circles are open site surrounding the village; museum open 3rd week March-end Oct, daily, 10am-6pm; Nov-3rd week March, 10am-4pm, closes at dusk if earlier; closed 24/25 Dec
English Heritage property; largest prehistoric site in Britain with three stone circles; circular bank and ditch cover 28.5 acres; Alexander Keiller Museum (managed by National Trust and in two buildings, Stable and Barn Gallery) has prehistoric archaeological collections and interactive displays on the stone circle; visitor parking lot (fee charged except for EH members) with walk to the village

Alford Manor House and Museum
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
West St, Alford
Tel. 0 1507 463 073
Open: House, gardens and tea-room: April-June and Oct-mid Dec, Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm, Sun noon-4pm; July-Sep, Tue-Fri and Sun, 10am-4pm; (closed week before Christmas); check on website in case closed due to special function
Grade II listed thatched building; 17th century thatched house with period rooms; Hackett Barn Museum on the grounds houses many of the town’s historic artifacts; collections related to archaeology, art, social history, and agriculture; special events and changing exhibitions; tea-room; walled garden; parking
Web: Alford Manor House

Allhallows Museum of Lace and Local Antiquities
Devon
South-west Counties
High St, Honiton
Tel: 01404 44966
Open: April-end Sep, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4.30pm; Sat, 9.30am-1pm; Oct: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-3.30pm; Sat, 9.30am-12.30pm
In old chapel building with painted ceiling; collection of items of local interest: 16th-early 20th century Honiton lace; Honiton pottery; mid Victorian furnished doll's house; paleontology; children's toys; war gallery; coins and trade tokens; lace making demonstrations June-Aug; shop; public car parks nearby
Web: Allhallows Museum of Lace and Local Antiquities

Almonry Heritage Centre
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Abbey Gate, Evesham
WR11 4BG
Just off the A4184
Tel. 0 1386 446 944
Open: March-end Oct, 10am-5pm daily, except from 2pm on Sun
14th century home with 12 rooms of exhibits about the history of Evesham. Artefacts in the collection range from fossils and bones to Saxon burial goods to agricultural implements related to the local farming industry; short stay car park just over the bridge and across the road and roundabout opposite the building; across the street from the short stay is a long stay car park
Web: Almonry Heritage Centre

American Museum in Britain
Somerset
South-west Counties
Claverton Manor, near Bath (on the Avenue off the A36)
Tel: 01225 460503
Open: mid March-end Oct; daily except Mon (but open BH Mon); noon-5pm, last entry 4pm
Museum of Americana celebrating American decorative arts through room displays; quilt collection; folk art gallery; garden; arboretum; shops; tearoom; picnic area; parking
Web: American Museum

Ancient High House
Staffordshire
West Midlands
Greengate St, Stafford
Tel. 01785 619 131
Open: year round, Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm
Largest timber-framed townhouse in England; built in 1595; now a museum with period room displays including civil war room, Stuart bedroom, wallpaper room, Edwardian shop, Victorian room; also yeomanry regiment museum; artist exhibitions; shop

Angel Corner
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
8 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds town centre
Open: exterior view only
National Trust property; three storey Queen Anne house built in 1702; Grade II listed; exterior of stable building, with gothic influences, can also be seen

Armitt Gallery Museum and Library
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Rydal Road, Ambleside, on the A591
Tel. 0 1539 431 212
Open: year round, museum, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; library, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm
Art, archaeology, archives, books, geology, photography, and local history collection; collection of 400 drawings and painting of fungi and other botanical plants by Beatrix Potter; prehistoric and Roman collection; Lake District specimens collected by John Ruskin; archives; 10,000 books relating to Lake District and its society include early guide books, medieval Cumbria, Lakeland poets, and works by local authors; shop
Web: Armitt

Ashburton Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
1 West St, Ashburton, in town centre
Open: May-Sep, Tue and Fri, 2-4.30pm; Thu and Sat, 10am-12.30pm
Local museum with Dartmoor artefacts, local social history and geology; collection of lace; prehistoric flints; documents; North American Indian collection; public car parks nearby

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Museum
Leicestershire
East Midlands
North St, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
In Tourist Information/library building
Tel. 0 1530 560 090
Open: Mon-Fri, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm; Sat 10am-4pm
Display of history of the area and photo archives; model of the castle; changing exhibitions; census and parish records available; TIC; shop; use town car parks
Web: Ashby Museum

Ashmolean Museum
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Beaumont Street, Oxford
Tel. 01865 278 000
Open: Tue-Sun and BH, 10am-6pm; Easter opening hours and Christmas holiday closing on website
Part of the University of Oxford; first opened in 1683; western and eastern art; antiquities; changing exhibitions; cafe; restaurant; shop
Web: Ashmolean Museum

Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Two miles west of Chorley
Tel. 01257 515 555
Open: April-Oct, Fri, Sat, Sun, noon-5pm; last admission 4pm; sometimes closed on Fri for weddings, tel 01257 515 927 to confirm
Housed in 1578 building with mid 17th century plaster ceilings; varied collections including furniture, tapestries, art and 18th century cream ware; tea-room; shop
Web: Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery

Aston Hall
Greater Birmingham
West Midlands
Trinity Road, Birmingham
Tel. 0121 327 0062
Open: April-end Oct, Tue-Sun and BH Mon, noon-4pm
Jacobean mansion with period rooms and long gallery
Web: Birmingham Museums

Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Downside, Stockley Lane, Calne
Just off the A4
Tel. 0 1249 813 119
Open: April-end Oct, Sat-Thu, 11am-5pm; Nov-March, Sun-Thu, 11am-4pm
125 exhibits in three buildings range from 1920s-80s—cars, motorcycles, bikes, commercial vehicles; automobilia; picnic area; children’s play area; summer tea-room; special events; parking
Web: Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, off the A38 bypass
Tel. 01527 831 363 or 01527 831 886
Open: March, Nov, Dec, Fri, Sat, Sun, 10.30am-4pm; April-end June, Sep and Oct, Tue-Sun, 10.30am-5pm; July and Aug, daily, 10.30am-5pm
Collection of 25 real historic buildings spanning seven centuries, re-assembled from various places in England in a 15 acre site
Website: Avoncroft Museum

Axe Valley Heritage Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
Town Hall, Seaton
Tel. 01297 24227
Open: not given
Museum of regional interest for the lower Axe Valley and villages of Beer, Axmouth, Branscombe, Colyton and Colyford; collection of old photographs of the area; displays on Honeyditches (Roman site); the natural history of the area; Victorian costumes

Axminster Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
The Old Court House, Church St, Axminister
In town centre opposite St Mary’s church
Tel. 01297 34137 or 01297 32929
Open: May-end Sep, Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, 10.30am-4pm; Thu, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10.30am-12.30pm; closed all days between 12.30-2pm except on Thu
In old police building with original cells; arts centre next to the museum; history of Axminster carpets; old mill display; Victorian/Edwardian displays; agricultural tools; local trade displays; old photographs; pay and display car park behind the museum

Ayscoughfee Hall/South Holland Museum and Gardens
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Churchgate, Spalding
Tel. 0 1775 764 555
Open: all year, April-Sep, Tue-Fri, 10.30am-5pm; Sat and Sun from 10am-4.30pm; Sun and BH from 11am; Oct-March, Tue-Fri, 11.30-4.30pm; Sat and Sun, 10am-4.30pm; closes for three weeks over Christmas-New Year
Local history museum in medieval manor house (altered over the centuries); highlights the lives and work of the people; galleries include drainage, fishing, fen skating, wildflowling, and history of the hall; panelled library; Ashley Maples collection of British birds; Geest art gallery with changing exhibitions; gardens with yew hedges dating from 17th century; parking in town carparks
Web: Ayscoughfee Hall Museum

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Baldock Museum
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Town Hall (Hitchin St entrance)
Baldock
Tel. 0 1462 892 640
Open: Sun, 2-4pm; Wed, 11am-1.30pm (closed two weeks Christmas hols)
Displays on history of town of Baldock, once a coaching, malting, and brewing town; local temporary exhibits; town parking located off High St
Web: Baldock Museum and History

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Gateshead Quays, South Shore Rd
Gateshead
Tel. 0191 478 1810
Open: daily, 10am-6pm, on Thu until 8pm
Changing displays of contemporary art; café bar, rooftop restaurant; free admission
Web: BALTIC

Bank of England Museum
London
Greater London
Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
entrance off Bartholomew Lane
Tel. 020 7601 5545
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm
Admission free
Collections of historic banknotes and coins, books and documents, silver, and statues; history of the building and the bank; AV presentations
Web: Bank of England Museum

Bankside Gallery
London
Greater London
48 Hopton St, SE1 9JH
Near the Tate Modern along Thames footpath
Tel. 020 7928 7521
Open: daily, 11am-6pm during exhibitions only
Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers; exhibitions; talks; special events; shop
Web: Bankside Gallery London

Barbican Art Gallery and Arts Venue
London
Greater London
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Open: year round, daily, 11am–8pm, Wed 11am–6pm, Thu until 10pm
Tel. 020 845 120 7550
Multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and education events; home of the London Symphony Orchestra
Website: Barbican Art Gallery

Barnstaple and North Devon Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
The Square, Barnstaple
Tel. 0 1271 346 747
Open: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm
Natural and human history; story of North Devon; Tarka gallery; regimental collection of Royal Devon Yeomanry; shop

Barnstaple Heritage Centre
Devon
South-west Counties
Queen Anne's Walk, The Strand, Barnstaple
Tel. 01271 373 003
Open: year round, Mon-Fri, 10.30am-4.30pm; Sat 10am-3.30pm
Grade I and II listed "Queen Anne's Walk" building on riverfront; various uses include a baths and wash-house, masonic lodge and day-centre; history of Barnstaple in computer interactives, information, and mock-ups; pictures; heritage trail information; shop

Bath Abbey Vaults Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
Bath Abbey, 12 Kingston Buildings, Bath
Tel. 0 1225 422462
Open: closed 2011 for redevelopment; Mon-Sat, 10am-3.30pm
Collection of Saxon and Norman stonework; presentation of the reconstruction of the Norman cathedral; history of the site; see also our entry for Bath Abbey under Religious Sites
Web: Bath Abbey

Bath Postal Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
27 Northgate Street (on the corner of Green St)
Bath
Tel. 01225 460 333
Open: Mon-Sat, 11am-5 pm except in winter until 4.30pm
Displays illustrate 4000 years of communication, postcards, uniforms, video presentation, interactive games and quizzes, models, and collectables
Web: Bath Postal Museum

Beacon, The
Cumbria
North-west Counties
West Strand, Whitehaven
Tel. 0 1946 592 302
Open: year round, Tue-Sun and BH Mon, 10am-4:30pm
History of Whitehaven and its harbour; AV presentations on coal mining, shipbuilding, the influential Lowther family, local smuggling, and the geology and archaeology of the area; industrial artefacts; interactive Weather Gallery; changing exhibitions; shop; cafeteria
Web: The Beacon

Beamish Open Air Museum
Durham
North-east Counties
Beamish, signed from A1 (M) Chester-le-Street juction 63
Tel. 0191 370 4000
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm with last admission 3pm; Nov-March, 10am-4pm, closed Mon and Fri and 2nd week Dec-2nd week Jan; some areas closed Nov-March
Especially for families; open air museum in 300 acres reflects 1825 and 1913 life of the area; tram ride, underground mine tour, streets of old buildings that include a pub, cottages, shops, and a school; also a farm; all buildings have historical objects within; parking; coffee shop, tea-room, pub
Web: Beamish Open Air Museum

Beatrix Potter Gallery
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Main Street, Hawkshead
Tel. 0 1539 436 355
Open: mid Feb through 3rd week March, Sat-Thu, 11am-3.30pm; last March through 3rd week May, Sat-Thu, 11am-5pm; 3rd week May-end Aug, Sat-Thu, 10.30am-5pm; Sep-end Oct, Sat-Thu, 11am-5pm; admission by timed ticket; shop open different days and hours, check National Trust website for update details
National Trust property; original sketches and watercolours Potter used to illustrate her children’s stories in 17th century building once the office of her husband, solicitor William Heelis

Beckford’s Tower & Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
Lansdown Road, Bath
Tel. 01225 460705
Open: 10.30am-5pm, Sat, Sun and BH Mon, Easter-end Oct; weekdays by arrangement
120-foot neo-classical tower designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge in 1825 and completed in 1827 for William Beckford (1760-1844) to serve as a study retreat and to house Beckford’s collection of art and rare books; now home to a museum collection displaying furniture originally made for the Tower, alongside paintings, prints and objects; countryside views from the top

Bedale Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Bedale Hall, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 1AA
Tel. 01677 423797
Open: Easter-end Sep; Mon-Wed and Fri; 2-4pm; Sat from 10am-noon; other times by prior arrangement
Hand-drawn Bedale fire engine dated 1748; old documents, toys, craft tools, clothing, and household utensils picture the life of ordinary people.

Bede’s World Museum
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Church Bank, Jarrow
Near south end of Tyne tunnel
Tel. 0 191 428 2361
Open: April-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5.30pm, on Sun, noon-5.30pm; Nov-March, Mon-Sat, 10am-4.30, on Sun, noon-4.30pm; open BH, closed Christmas week
Tells story of Venerable Bede and his environment during Anglo-Saxon times
For photos and more details see our article Bede’s World
Web: Bede’s World

Bedford Museum
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Church Lane, Bedford
Carpark next to museum by Cecil Higgins art gallery
Tel. 0 1234 353 323
Open: Closed until the year 2013 for refurbishment; normally open Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm (last entry 4.45pm); Sun and BH, 2-5pm (last entry 4.45pm); open BH, closed Christmas and New Year
Collections include: social history, archaeology, geology, and natural history of north Bedfordshire
Web: Bedford Museum

Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Museum and Scottish Borderers’ Museum
Northumberland
North-east Counties
Berwick-upon-Tweed, town centre
On the Parade, off Church St
Tel. 0 1289 304 493
Open: April-end Sep, Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm
English Heritage property; 16th century barracks; exhibition on life of British infantryman; King's Own Scottish Borderers Museum; Berwick Art Gallery; Berwick Borough Museum; Main Guard is Georgian guardhouse near the quay with exhibition on Berwick; parking

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Greater Birmingham
West Midlands
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham
Tel. 0121 303 2834
Open: Mon-Thu, Sat, 10am-5pm; Fri, 10.30am-5pm; Sun, 12.30-5pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Pre-Ralphaelite art, silver, ceramics, natural history, archaeology
Website: Birmingham Museums

Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
St Withburga's Lane, Dereham
Tel. 0 1362 850 293
Open: May-end Sep, Tue and Thu 2-4.30pm; Fri, 11am-2pm; Sat, 11am-3.30pm
16th century timber-framed reed thatched cottage with pargetting decoration along front; display on country life from Middle Ages to present; Dereham personalities; trades; agriculture; Edwardian shop frontage; toys and costumes

Bishopsteignton Museum of Rural Life
Devon
South-west Counties
The Community Centre, Shute Hill
Bishopsteignton, TQ14 9QL
Tel. 01626 775 308
Open: Easter Sun-last Sun Sep, Sun and BH Mon, 2.30-4.30pm
Items illustrating village life over the years at work and at play; documents and posters relating to wartime; agricultural artefacts; display of local land formation and geology; 3 dimensional relief map of the village in 1891

Black Country Living Museum
Greater Birmingham
West Midlands
Dudley, near Birmingham on the A4037
Tel. 0 121 557 9643
Open: March-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-Feb, Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm; closed Christmas
26 acres of historic displays with over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops reconstructed to tell story of industrial past from Victorian times to 1930s; includes exhibition halls, trams and trolleybuses, underground coalmine, fairground, school, horses; over 80,000 items in collections; demonstrations, 1920s cinema; cafes, pub; shop; parking fee; special events
Web: Black Country Living Museum

Blake Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
Bridgwater
Tel. none given on website
Open: April-end Oct, Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm
Dedicated to naval commander Robert Blake, who lived in the town and oversaw creation of largest navy Britain had ever possessed, fought in the English Civil War, fought against the Dutch and Spanish, given a state funeral in 1657; collections of local history include archaeology, people, textiles
Web: Blake Museum

Blakesley Hall
Greater Birmingham
West Midlands
Blakesley Road, Yardley, Birmingham
Tel. 0121 464 2193
Open: Easter-end Oct, Tue-Sun, 11.30am-4pm; also open BH Mon
Late 16th century farmhouse with period furniture, displays, and Elizabethan wall paintings
Website: Birmingham Museums

Bletchley Park Museum
Buckinghamshire
South-east Counties
Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB
Tel. 0 1908 640404
Open: daily, 9.30am–5pm weekdays, 10.30am–5pm weekends and BH; 10.30am–4pm, Nov-March, closed 24–26 Dec and 1 Jan
Once the nerve-centre of Britain’s intelligence-gathering in WWII; museum dedicated to the codebreakers who worked there
Website: Bletchley Park Museum

Boat Museum
Cheshire
North-west Counties
South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port
Just off Junction 9 of the M53
Tel. 0151 355 5017
Fax. 0151 355 4079
Email: Waterways Trust bookings
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-March, Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm; weekends, 10am-4pm
Canal history; exhibitions in historic dock complex, collection of canal and river craft; boat trips; special events
Web: Boat Museum

Boston Guildhall Museum
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
St Mary's Guildhall, South Street, Boston
Tel. 0 1205 358 737 (curator)
Open: year round, Wed-Sun, 10am-4.30pm; last entry 3.30pm; open on Tue during school holidays; closed over Christmas holidays
Archaeology, weaponry, art, maritime and rural history; courtroom and cells where Pilgrims were imprisoned

Bosworth Battlefield, Visitor Center, and Country Park
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Ambion Lane, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton
signed from A5 and other local roads
Tel. 0 1455 290 429
Open: Heritage Center: April-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-March, 10am-4pm; closed in January
Site of 1485 Battle of Bosworth, where Richard III was killed; 8 galleries tell story of the battle; living history displays, AV presentation; battle trails and guided walks; re-enactments in Aug; picnic areas; special events; medieval tithe barn restaurant; shop; pay parking; picnic area
For photos and more details see our article Bosworth Battlefield and Heritage Centre, Country Park and Shackerstone Battlefield Line Railway
Web: Bosworth Battlefield

Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre
Devon
South-west Counties
St John's Lane, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9GP
Tel. 01626 834 331
Open: Easter-end Oct, Mon-Fri, 10am-noon, 2-4 pm, Sat 10am-noon
Local pottery; agricultual items and pictures; Devon rocks and minerals; railway artefacts; local photos and family details; civil war items; archive of local materials; remains of 1760 pottery salt glaze kiln in parking lot; parking

Bowes Museum
Durham
North-east Counties
Barnard Castle (outside the town)
Tel. 01833 690 606
Open: March-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-end Feb, daily, 10am-4pm; closed 25-26 Dec
Collections of paintings, ceramics, furniture, and textiles; exhibtions and events; cafe; shop; 1773 silver swan is animated at noon and 3pm; grounds with garden and fountain
Website: Bowes Museum

Bradford on Avon Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Bridge St, Bradford on Avon
Tel. 0 1225 863 280
Open: Easter-Oct, Wed-Sat, 10.30am-12.30pm, 2-4pm; Sun and BH, 2-4pm; Nov-mid Dec and mid Jan-Feb, Wed-Fri and Sun, 2-4pm; Sat, 10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm
Natural and historical heritage of Bradford on Avon and villages of ‘Bradford Hundred’; pharmacy shop 120 years old; shop

Braintree Museum
Essex
Eastern Counties
Town Hall Centre Gallery, Market Place Braintree
Tel. 0 1376 553 393
Open Mon-Fri, 10am-12: 30pm, and 1:30-5pm
Covers the Braintree area with exhibitions on archaeology; natural sciences; costume and textiles; decorative and applied art; fine art; personalities; archives; science and technology; social history

Braunton & District Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
The Bakehouse Centre
Caen Street, Braunton, EX33 1AA
Tel. 01271 816 688
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm (phone to confirm)
Former bakehouse and two cottages make up the museum; limited local and family history research with facilities available for personal research; film shows, talks and quizzes; field & agricultural collection; maritime heritage display; railway artefacts and photos; military display; display on Henry Williamson, local writer of Tarka the Otter fame; trade and commerce display includes basket works, pottery, and sail making; small shop, parking

Brewery Arts Complex
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Highgate in Kendal
Tel. 0 1539 725 133
Open: Arts Centre Mon-Sat, 9am-11pm, open on Sun in May; warehouse gallery open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; during July and Aug on Sun also from 11:30am-3pm
Complex housed in a former brewery set in an 18th century garden; theatre, music, cinema, and dance performances; art galleries; community events; courses; workshops; Warehouse Gallery presents emerging national artists; Sugar Store Gallery displays photographs; both have changing exhibitions; restaurant and bar; free entry but on-site parking charge

Bridewell Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Bridewell Alley, Norwich
Tel. 01603 629 127
Open: April-end Oct, Tue-Fri, 10am-4.30pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; school holidays and summer open till 5pm weekdays
Former prison houses machinery and historical objects related to Norwich industries; recreated pharmacy, smithy, and pawnbroker’s shop; Victorian fire engine

Brightstone Village Museum and National Trust Shop
Isle of Wight
South-east Counties
North St, Brightstone
Tel. 01983 740 689
Open: all year; Feb-March, Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm; April-May, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; May-end Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, also Sun, noon-5pm; Oct-3rd week Dec, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Christmas week, 10am-1pm
National Trust shop--only one on Isle Wight; museum depicts village life in 19th century; sections include cottage tableau with kitchen scene includes bread oven, hearth; bedroom set up of the times; village school dated from 1836 with bell tower and displays in case; employment of the land section shows forges, farming methods, old photos; display case of fishing memorabilia.

Britannia Museum, Britannia Royal Naval College
Devon
South-west Counties
Britannia Royal Naval College
Dartmouth, at the bottom of the hill toward river Dart when entering the town
Tel. 01803 677 233
Open: April-end Oct, Wed, Sat, Sun pm; also two weeks Easter leave and six weeks of Aug-mid Sep, daily, except Sat and Mon; by pre-arranged booking through Dartmouth Tourist Information Office, Mayors Avenue, Dartmouth, TQ6 9YY, Tel. 01803 834 224
Housed in one of the former cadet gunrooms of Grade II listed Edwardian building used for naval officer training for over a century; bone ship models; college archive; collection of portraits by Sir Oswold Birley; portraits, photographs and artefacts, that record Royal family visits; shop; parking

British Empire and Commonwealth Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol
Tel. 0117 925 4980
Open: every day except Dec 25 and 26; 10am-5pm, last admission at 4.30pm
Presents the history of Britain’s overseas empire in Brunel’s 19th century railway station; also special exhibitions; cafe; shop
Web: Empire Museum

British Museum
London
Greater London
Great Russell St, Bloomsbury and Camden area
Tel. 020 7323 8299 (information desk)
Open: Galleries, daily, 10am-5.30pm with late opening of some galleries on Thu and Fri until 8.30pm; Great Court, Sun-Wed, 9am-6pm; Thu-Sat, 9am-11pm
Galleries are Africa, Americas, Ancient Greece and Rome, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Ancient Egypt, Themes; exhibitions. Magnificent collections span the centuries which include Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles, Magna Carta, Mildenhall and Sutton Hoo treasures, and much more
Web: British Museum

British Schools Museum
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
41/42 Queen St, Hitchin
Tel. 01462 420144
Open: Easter-end Oct, Sat, 10am-1pm; Easter-end Oct, Tue, 10am-4pm; Easter-end Oct, Sun, 2-5pm; last admission 1 hour before closing
Museum in the most complete elementary school in Britain from 1810-1969 with restored classrooms, exhibitions, talks, special events; shop; café
Web: British Schools Museum

Brixham Heritage Museum and History Society
Devon
South-west Counties
Bolton Cross, Brixham, TQ5 8LZ
Tel. 01803 856 267
Open: mid March-end Oct, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 10am-1pm
Museum located close to town centre in 1902 former police station ; fishing and ship building industries of Brixham include scale model sailing trawlers, shipwright's tools, and navigation equipment; social history of the town; reconstructions of Victorian parlour and nursery and police cell; collection of over 2000 artefacts excavated from Napoleonic era forts on Berry Head; items from two world wars; over 1700 picture of old Brixham; toys from the mid 1950s; old medical items; special events
Web: Brixham Heritage

Broadfield House Glass Museum
Greater Birmingham
West Midlands
Compton Dr, Kingswinford
12 miles from M5 Junction 2 (Dudley) or Junction 4 (Stourbridge), off the A491 Stourbridge - Wolverhampton road in historic Stourbridge Glass Quarter (Dudley is part of the Birmingham-Wolverhampton megapolis)
Tel. 01384 812 745
Open: Tue-Sun, noon-4pm; BH Mon same hours
Collection of British glass, much made locally, dating from 17th century up to present day; program of events and temporary exhibitions; glassmaking studio where visitors can watch glassblowing

Bromyard Heritage Centre
Herefordshire
West Midlands
1 Rowberry St, Bromyard
Tel. 0 1885 482 341
Open: Easter to Sep, Thu-Fri, 10am-1pm, 2-4.30pm; Sat, 10am-12.30pm
Local history using photograph exhibition; Year of the Hop exhibition; research room; shop

Bronte Parsonage Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Church St, Haworth
Tel. 0 1535 642 323
Open: April-Sep, daily, 10am-5.30pm; Oct-March, 11am-5pm; closed 24-27 Dec and 2-31 Jan
Georgian parsonage where the Bronte family lived, now a museum; rooms restored as possible to 1850s appearance; 1870s wing has personal memorabilia includes furniture, clothing, portraits, writing desk, books, drawings; shop
For photos and more information see our article Bronte Parsonage Museum
Web: Bronte Parsonage Museum

Bruce Castle Museum
London
Greater London
Bruce Castle Park, Lordship Lane
Tottenham, N17 8NU
Tel. 020 8808 8772
Open: year round, Wed-Sun and summer BH, 1-5pm; local history archive also open Thu and Fri, 9.30am-5pm
Grade I listed 16th century manor house in 20 acre parkland; Borough of Haringey's local history collections and archives including photos and interactive exhibition; local artisan exhibitions; special events; café; park trails; car park; reached by underground to 7 Sisters, then 123 or 243 bus to Bruce Castle or underground to Wood Green, then same bus to Bruce Castle

Building of Bath Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel
The Vineyards, Bath
Tel. 01225 333895
Open: mid Feb-end Nov, Tue-Sun, 10:30am-5pm
Tells the story of the development of Bath and its architecture

Burton Art Gallery and Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
Kingsley Rd, Victoria Park, Bideford
EX39 2QQ
Tel. 01237 471 455
Open: Easter-end Oct, Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 11am-4pm
Changing exhibitions; oil and watercolour paintings; North Devon slipware, porcelain, and pewter; Napoleonic bone model ships; from local industry artefacts; model of Bideford's long bridge; craft gallery includes ceramics, jewellery, wood-engravings, hand blown glass and hand woven silks; shop; workshop; lecture area; cafe; TIC in the building; parking
Web: Burton Art Gallery and Museum

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Rudolph Rd, Bushey
Tel. 020 8420 4057
Open: Thu-Sun, 11am-4pm
Social history of Bushey; story of famous art schools at Bushey; permanent displays in art gallery; shop; temporary exhibits; parking
Web: Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Terrace Rd, Buxton
Tel: 0 1298 24658
Open: year round, Tue-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm; Sat, 9.30am-5pm; Sun and BH; Easter-end Sep, 10.30am-5pm
Geology, archeology and history of the Peak District; fine and decorative arts; photographic collection; social history, locks and keys; Derbyshire police collection; Blue John and other minerals; changing exhibitions; events; workshops; shop; computer access; parking

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Cambridge and County Folk Museum
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
2/3 Castle St
Tel. 01223 355 159
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10:30am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm; Oct-March, Tue-Sat, 10:30am-5pm; Sun 2-5pm
Social history museum of Cambridge people; housed in former White Horse Inn; room settings; toys; temporary exhibitions; events;shop
Web: Cambridge and County Folk Museum

Canon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
North-west of Barnsley
Tel. 01226 79020
Open: park and gardens, dawn to dusk year round; museum, April-Oct, Wed-Fri, 10.30am-5pm, Sat and Sun, noon-5pm; Nov, Dec, and March, Sun, noon-4pm, last admission 3.15pm
70 acres of parkland and gardens, rhododendrons in spring, walled garden; house is a museum with collections of furniture, paintings, glassware, pottery; tearoom, shop; free admission

Canterbury Museum with Rupert Bear Museum
Kent
South-east Counties
Stour Street, Canterbury
Tel. 01227 475 202
Open: all year, Mon-Sat, 10.30am-5pm, during June-end Sep also on Sun from 1.30-5pm
Located in medieval Poor Priests’ Hospital and two adjoining buildings; exhibits from pre-Roman times to present; Rupert Bear Museum for children and bear lovers

Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Grape Lane
Whitby
Tel. 01947 601 900
Open: half term weekends in Feb; during March, 11am-3pm; from Easter-end Oct, 9.45am-5pm
In 17th century house at Whitby harbour; commemorates life and expeditions of Captain Cook; permanent collections include Cook’s letters, ship models, maps, and original paintings; attic where Cook spent his apprenticeship is on view; ground floor rooms furnished in the period of 1754; special exhibitions
Web: Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Castlegate House Gallery
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Castlegate Dr, Cockermouth
Tel/fax. 01900 822149
Open: Sat and Mon, 10am-5pm, Wed, Thu, and Fri, 10am-4pm; Sun and Tue, by appointment
Listed Georgian house with exhibits of contemporary paintings, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, and glass; garden with sculptures
Web: Castlegate House Gallery

Castleton Village Museum
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Methodist Church School Room, Buxton Road village of Castleton
Tel: 01433 620950
Open: 2-5pm, Sun May-Oct; BH Mon and Sat; Tue and Thu in Aug only; Wed in June, July and Aug.
Local history with smithy and old school-room.

Catalyst Science Centre and Museum
Cheshire
North-west Counties
Mersey Road, Widnes
Tel. 0 151 420 1121
Open: Tue-Fri, 10am to 5pm and BH Mon and weekends from 11am to 5pm
Interactive chemistry centre; a family attraction

Cecil Higgins Art Gallery
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Castle Close, Castle Lane, Bedford
In gardens near the river embankment
Tel. 01234 211222
Open: closed for refurbishment in 2009; re-opening in year 2013; normally open Sun and BH from 2-5pm
Combination of recreated Victorian mansion and modern gallery with renowned collection of art, ceramics and glass; furniture by William Burgess
Website: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery

Chard Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
Godworthy House, High St, Chard
Tel. 0 1460 65091
Open: May-end Oct, Mon-Fri, 10.30am-4.30pm; Sat, 10.30am-1pm
In refurbished 16th century building; displays on local history, dairying, cider making, pottery; exhibition of 1960s clothing; forge tools and equipment; historic equipment displays; agricultural machinery; picnic area; parking in town
Web: Chard Museum

Charlbury Museum
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Margaret St, Charlbury
Tel. 01608 810 060
Open: May to Oct, Sun and BH, 2.30-4.30pm (phone to confirm)
Traditional crafts and industries of Charlbury village; costumes, fossils, prehistoric, and Romano-British artefacts

Charles Dickens House Museum
London
Greater London
48 Doughty street; nearest underground is Russell Square station, but it is still a walk from there; can also use Chancery Lane or Holborn stations
Tel. 020 7405 2127
Open: daily, 10am-5pm, last entry 4pm; Dec 24, 25, 26, 11am-6pm
Museum dedicated to life and work of Charles Dickens who lived here with his family between April 1837 and December 1839; special exhibitions; café; garden; shop
For photos and more details see our article Dickens House
Web: Dickens House

Charnwood Museum
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Queens Hall, Granby St, Loughborough
Tel: 01509 233754
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4.30pm; Sun from 2-5pm except Nov-March, Sun,1-4pm; closed Dec 25,26, Jan 1
Tells about land, life, work from prehistory to present days of Charnwood area; special exhibitions and events; shop; cafe; free entry

Childhood Memories Toy Museum
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
The Palace Bldg, Grand Parade
Tynemouth
Tel. 0191 259 1776
Open: April-May, Sep-Nov, weekends only; June-Sep, Tue-Sun except BH; 10.30am-5.30pm
Toys, dolls, models, games, and more with 6000 toys representing many generations from 1860 to 1960
Web: Tynemouth Toy Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum
Buckinghamshire
South-east Counties
Newlands Park, Gorelands Lane
Chalfont St Giles
Tel. 0 1494 871 117
Open: Easter-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
30 rescued historic vernacular buildings in 45 acres of park and woodland, range from a village to a Victorian farmyard; special events; Hawk and Owl Trust on site; cafe
Web: Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
10 Market Place, Chippenham
Tel. 0 1249 705 020
Open: year round, Mon-Sat and BH, 10am-4pm
Museum focuses on history of Chippenham; displays on Saxon time, Alfred the Great, Brunel’s railway; working flourmill model; historic street panoramas; costumes; children’s activities; temporary exhibitions

Chipping Norton Museum
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
At Westgate Centre, High St, Chipping Norton. Tel. 01608 643779. Open: Easter to Oct, Tue to Sun and BH Mon, 2-4pm.

Christchurch Mansion
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Christchurch Park, Soane St, Ipswich, (five minute walk from town centre) Suffolk
Tel. 0 1473 433 554
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm
Tudor house with displays of fine and decorative art; paintings by Constable and Gainsborough; Suffolk artists’ gallery; period rooms; children’s toys and doll houses; home to Wolsey Art Gallery showcasing contemporary work; ; shop; tea-room; family activities; special events; use Crown St car park

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
London
Greater London
Clive Steps, King Charles St
by St James Park, London, SW1A 2AQ
Tel. 020 7930 6961
Open: daily, 9.30am-6pm, closed 24-26 Dec
Underground: St James Park or Westminster
Cabinet War Rooms were secret underground headquarters used by Winston Churchill and his staff during WWII; illustrates life and achievements of Churchill with original material and computer technology; allow 90 minutes for a visit
For photos and more details see our article Churchill War Rooms

Cider Museum & King Offa Distillery
Herefordshire
West Midlands
21 Ryelands St, Hereford, HR4 OLW
Tel. 01432 354 207; Fax. 01432 371 641
Email: Cider Museum
Open: April-Oct, Mon- Sat, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm); Nov-March, Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm (last admission 2.15pm); open every Sun on BH weekends
History of cider production with displays, exhibitions, and artefacts; café; shop
Web: Cider Museum
For photos and more details see our article Cider of Herefordshire

City Gallery Leicester
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Leicester
Tel. 0116 223 2060
Open: Tue–Fri, 11am–6pm; Sat 10am–5pm
Leicester’s leading contemporary art and craft gallery with changing exhibitions; gallery shop; free admission

Clifford Road Air Raid Shelter Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Clifford Road Primary School, Clifford Road
Ipswich
Tel. 01473 251605
Open: various times on Wed, Sat, or Sun on different dates—check website for details
Preserved concrete public air raid shelter built at beginning of World War II under playground of Edwardian school; collection of everyday objects and memorabilia from that era; experience sights and sounds of a bombing raid, discover how rationing and evacuation affected a local community, climb aboard a reconstructed wartime London underground train
Web: Clifford Road Air Raid Shelter Museum

Clink Prison Museum
London
Greater London
1 Clink St, Southwark, London, SE1 9DG
Tel. 020 7403 0900
Open: Oct-June, Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm, Sat and Sun until 7.30pm; July-Sep, daily, 10am-9pm
Built on site of 1144 prison; hands-on experience with original artefacts; view and hear stories of inmates and information about Southbank area
Web: The Clink

Clitheroe Castle Museum
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Clitheroe, next to castle keep remains
Tel. 01200 424 568
Open: April-Oct, daily, 11am-5pm; Nov-March, noon-4pm
Displays in museum of local life and Ribble valley in small castle keep include geology, archaeology, natural history, folklore, industrial and social history; rocks and fossils, photographs, paintings, coins and medals; cafe; shop; special events; 18 acres of gardens; use town car parks

Colchester Castle Museum
Essex
Eastern Counties
Colchester Park, Colchester, in the castle
Tel. 0 1206 282 939
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun from 11am
Largest Norman castle keep in Europe; museum in the castle has displays on history of Colchester and its castle; artefacts from Roman times through medieval; old gaol; AV presentations; interactive gallery; hands-on activties for children; tours of roof and Roman vaults available.
For photos and more information see our article on Colchester

Colchester Natural History Museum
Essex
Eastern Counties
End of High St, Colchester
Tel. 01206282941
Open: year round, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm; closed 24-27 Dec and 1 Jan
Hands-on activities related to natural history; video microscope; urban wildlife garden, family trail; events program
For photos and more information see our article on Colchester

Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
Uffculme, Cullompton, off jct 27 of M5, signed to Willand (B3181)
Tel. 01884 840 960
Open: Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm; restricted weekend hours, phone for details; restaurant and shop, daily, 10am-5pm
Victorian woolen mill with some machinery and production still in use showing stages to make knitting wool and weave stair carpet and tartan cloth; working waterwheel and engine and boiler houses; gas retort house; carpenter's workshop; café; shop; parking
Web: Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum

Combe Martin Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
Combe Martin
Tel. 0 1271 889 031
Open: daily, 10.30am-5.30pm, except until 1.30 pm from Nov-Easter
Interactive exhibits covering the natural and social history of the area; community hub, exhibition area, and education room

Commandery (The)
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Worcester city
Tel. 01905 361 821
Open: all year, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1:30-5:30pm
Exhibitions on the civil war and six periods in the past several centuries; Grade I listed, 12th century building; audio interpretations; special events

Compton Verney Art Gallery
Warwickshire
West Midlands
Compton Verney
Tel. 0 1926 645 500
Open: mid March-mid Dec; Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm, also open BH Mon
Grade 1 mansion house designed by Robert Adam, now an art gallery; 120 acres of parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown; cafe; shop; special events; talks; workshops; exhibitions; parking
Web:Compton Verney

Congleton Museum
Cheshire
North-west Counties
Market Square, Congleton
Tel. 0 1260 276 360
Open: year round, Sun-Fri, noon-4.30pm; Sat, 10am-4.30pm
Artefacts from Congleton’s past include varied historic items; shop; use town parking off High St or by bus station
Web: Congleton Museum

Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery
London
Greater London
Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN
Tel. 0 20 7848 2526
Open: year round, daily, 10am-6pm; last admission 5.30pm; (free on Mon from 10am-2pm)
Institute of art with collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art and temporary exhibitions; public lecturers, lunchtime talks; short courses; shop, café
Web: Courtauld Institute of Art

Courtyard Gallery
Cumbria
North-west Counties
32 Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland
Cumbria, CA16 6XG
Tel. 0 1768 351 638
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am to 5pm; open BH, closed 25 and 26 Dec
Housed in 17th century granary; changing display of original paintings, etchings, pottery, glass, jewellery, turned wood, and handmade cards; tea-shop
Web: Courtyard Gallery

Coventry Transport Museum
Warwickshire
West Midlands
Millennium Place, Hales St, Coventry
Tel. 024 7623 4270
Open: year round, daily except 24/25/26 Dec, 10am-5pm
Collection of British road transport; motorcycle gallery; 'Landmarques' gallery; commercial vehicle gallery; education and 'techno' centre; library; model gallery; cafe; shop
Web: Transport Museum

Cowper and Newton Museum
Buckinghamshire
South-east Counties
Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, on the A509
Tel. 0 1234 711516
Open: March-23 Dec, Tue-Sat and BH Mon, 10.30am-4.30pm; closed Good Fri; open for special summer Sun events
Museum housed in 1768-86 home of poet and hymn writer William Cowper; rooms on display include kitchen, parlour, Cowper’s bedroom with displays; John Newton’s (Cowper's mentor and author of hymn Amazing Grace) bedroom with displays; costume gallery; walled garden; summer house; shop; special events; free public parking next to and across from museum
Web: Cowper and Newton Museum

Cromwell Museum
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Grammar School Walk, Huntingdon, PE29 3LF
Three miles east of the A1
Tel. 01480 375 830
Open: April–Oct, Tue-Sun, 10.30am-12.30pm, 1.30-4pm; Nov-March, Tue-Fri and Sun, 1.30-4pm; Sat, 10.30am-12.30pm, 1.30-4pm
Collection of personal objects belonging to or associated with Crowmwell; portraits; information related to Oliver Cromwell; located in old grammar school that he attended; events

Cumberland Pencil Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Southey Works, Greta Bridge, Keswick, on the A591/A66
Tel: 0 1768 773 626
Open: year round, daily, 9.30am--5pm (last entry 4pm); closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan
Pencil factory (not open to public) with Derwent pencil museum with displays and photos; video presentation; old machinery; replica graphite mine; gift shop; car park
Web: Cumberland Pencil Museum
For photos and more information see our feature at Cumberland Pencil Museum

Cusworth Hall Museum and Park
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Cusworth Lane, Cusworth, near Doncaster
Tel. 01302 782 342
Open: park, dawn to dusk year round; museum, Mon-Fri, 10.30am-5pm, Sat and Sun, 1-5pm; tea-room, daily, 10am-4pm
Terrace; hanging lawns; lakes; cascade; rock arch; plantations; shrubbery walk; Georgian house Grade 1 listed building houses Museum of South Yorkshire Life with details of home, work, and social life of people and communities of south Yorkshire in last 250 years; tea-room; pay and display car park

Cycle Museum
Cheshire
North-west Counties
Walton Hall Gardens
Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton
Warrington, WA4 6SN
Tel: 01928 711395
Open: phone for details
Museum displays cycles from all over the world complimented with anecdotes of social history.

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Dales Countryside Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Station Yard, Hawes, just off the A684
Tel. 01969 666210
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm; closed 24-26 Dec and Jan
Museum in former railway station; countryside life and history of the dales; displays, video, demonstrations; hands-on activities; tourist information centre in the museum; run by Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Dartmouth Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
The Butterwalk, Dartmouth
Tel. 0 1803 832 923
Open: Easter-Nov, Mon-Fri, 10am-4.30pm; Sat, 10am-4pm; Nov-Easter, Mon-Sat, noon-3pm
In 1640 merchant’s house; marine and local artefacts; collection of ships in bottles; photo archive of local area; shipbuilding and shipping; collection representing life of Victorian gentleman; use town car park nearby
Web: Dartmouth Museum

De La Ware Pavillion
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Bexhill, a few miles south of Battle, East Sussex
Tel. 0 1424 787949
Open: 10am-6pm, daily
Modernist style restored pavillion showcasing modern arts; events; restaurant
Web: De La Warr Pavilion

Deep Aquarium
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Tower St
Hull
Tel. 01482 381000
Open: daily, 10am-6pm, last admission 5pm; closed 24/25 Dec
Home to over 40 sharks and over 3500 fish; events, displays, AV, and live exhibits help understanding and enjoyment of the ocean; futuristic deep sea lab; restaurant with riverside or fish tank views; shop; events, education; car park fee charged
Web: The Deep

Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Ely Rd, Chittering, Waterbeach
On the east side of the A10
Tel. 01223 860 489
Open: April-end Oct, 12-5pm, daily
English Heritage property; remains of medieval abbey; museum of rural history; farmworker’s cottage; 17th century stone barn (these are not English Heritage); parking, tea-room weekends only
For photos and more details see our feature Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum

Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Derbyshire
East Midlands
The Strand, Derby
Tel. 01332 716 659
Open: Mon, 11am-5pm, Tue-Sat from 10am, Sun and BH, 1-4pm
Collections and displays on art, history, and natural history of Derby; collections of Derby porcelain; Joseph Wright of Derby paintings; clocks; archaeology, etc

Derby Museum of Industry and History
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Silk Lane, Derby (off Full St)
Tel. 1332 255 308
Open: Mon, 11am-5pm, Tue-Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun and BH, 1-4pm; Closed April 2011 for two years due to funding; may or may not reopen
In an original silk mill; tells the story of the city’s industrial past (mining, pottery, Rolls-Royce, railway); temporary exhibits; shop

Design Museum
London
Greater London
Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
Tel: 020 7403 6933
Open: daily, 10am–5.45pm, last admission 5.15pm (closed 25 and 26 Dec)
Celebrates modern design; shop; cafe
For photos and more information see our article: Design Museum
Web: Design Museum

Didcot Railway Centre
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Didcot Parkway Railway Station, Didcot
Tel. 0 1235 817 200
Open: check website as days vary greatly, especially those when the steam trains run
20 steam locomotives dating from 1940; 40 coaches; station, signal box, engine shed; shop, refreshment room
Web: Didcot Railway Centre

Discovery Museum
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Blanford Square, Newcastle
Tel. 0191 232 6789
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun from 2pm
Life in Tyneside area from Roman days to the present; exhibitions of history of life in Newcastle and Tyneside; includes maritime history, science and technology, fashion and military history; Turbinia, first turbine powered steamship on display in entry; free admission

Dock Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
North Road, Barrow-in-Furness
Tel: 0 1229 876 400
Open: Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm
AV story of Barrow’s history from prehistoric times to the present; maritime heritage and industrial growth; social history includes Furness Railway, iron mining, Barrow steelworks, Victorian kitchen; changing exhibitions; Shipbuilders of the World has ship models and computer displays of photographs from the Vickers Photographic Archive; workings of British Shipbuilding and Engineering Company with thousands of photographs of Barrow Yard workings and ships built; art gallery; local rock, mineral, fossil, seashell, bird and wild animal specimens; archaeological artefacts; shop; café; parking; adventure playground
Web: Dock Museum

Dorset County Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
High West Street, Dorchester
Tel. 01305 262735
Open: Oct-June, 10am-5pm, Mon-Sat; July-Sep, 10am-5pm, daily
Permanent and temporary exhibitions covering art, photography, archaeology, literature, natural sciences, and history; video and interactive exhibits; children’s activities; section on Dorchester
Web: Dorset County Museum

Dulwich Picture Gallery
London
Greater London
Gallery Road, SE21 7AD
Tel: 020 8693 5254
Open: Tue -Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun and BH, 11am-5pm
England’s first public art gallery; one of the world's most important collections of European old master paintings of the 1600s and 1700s; exhibitions; shop
Web: Dulwich Picture Gallery

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East Anglian Railway Museum
Essex
Eastern Counties
Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Chappel
Eight miles from the centre of Colchester
Tel. 01206 242524
Open: daily except 25/26 Dec, 10am-4.30pm
Collection of period rolling stock and locomotives, some fully restored; restoration shed where visitors can watch repairs being made; 1880s Victorian shed with displays; three preserved signal boxes; visitor centre; shop; buffet; event days with train rides; Cider Festival in June; Beer Festival in Sep; 1840s Chappel viaduct adjacent to the museum; reached by public transport; free parking
Web: East Anglian Railway Museum

Eden Camp
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Malton, North Yorkshire
Tel. 01653 697777
Open: daily, 10am-5pm; closed Christmas week
Re-creation of life in WWII Britain in prisoner of war huts built in 1942; light, sound, smells of the past; museum, tearoom
Web: Eden Camp

Edward Jenner Museum
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
The Chantry, Berkeley
Tel. 01453 810631
Open: April-end Sep, Tue-Sat, 12.30-5.30pm; Sun from 1pm; Oct, Sun only 1-5.30pm
Queen Anne home of Dr. Edward Jenner, developer of a vaccination against smallpox; one acre garden
Web: Jenner Museum

Elgar Birthplace Museum
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath
Three miles west of Worcester
Tel. 01905 333224
Open: daily, 11am-5pm; last admission 4.15pm; closed from Christmas week-end Jan
Birthplace of the famous composer, Edward Elgar; houses a museum on his life; family photographs and mementoes; Elgar's study; recitals; garden; video; audio tour; picnic area; car park
Web: Elgar Foundation

Elstow Moot Hall
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Elstow Green
Elstow
Tel. 01234 266889
Open April-end Sep, Tue, Wed, Sun and BH, 1-4pm.
Museum in timber-framed market hall on the village green at Elstow. Contains period furniture illustrating the life and traditions of 17th century England.

Ely Museum
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
The Old Gaol, Market St, Ely
Tel. 01353 666 655
Open: Easter-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10.30am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm; Nov-Easter, Mon-Sat (except closed Tue), 10.30am-4pm, Sun, 1-4pm
Housed in original prison cells; fossils, prehistoric tools and weapons; Roman remains; Anglo Saxon jewellery; archive film of the Fens. Galleries are: Formation of the Fens, First Inhabitants, Romans and Saxons, The Last Invaders, The Fens, The Cells, Victorian and Edwardian, World War; all parking in the town of Ely is free
Web: Ely Museum

Epping Forest District Museum
Essex
Eastern Counties
39-41 Sun St, Waltham Abbey
Tel. 01992 716882
Open: Closed until spring 2015; formerly open year round, Mon, Fri, 2-5pm; Tue, noon-5pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm May-Sep only
Archaeology, science; ecology, costumes, art, history; shop; public parking only; free admission
Web: Epping Forest District Museum

Eureka!
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Discovery Rd
Halifax
Tel. 01422 330069
Open: daily, 10am-5pm except 24-26 Dec, last admission 4pm
Hands-on children’s museum with 400 exhibits especially for children up to age 10; events, activities; themes include how the body and senses work, realities of daily life, faraway places and the science behind sound, rhythm and performance; café, picnic area, shop
Web: Eureka!

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Fan Museum
London
Greater London
12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich
Tel. 020 8305 1441 or 020 8293 1889
Open: Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm; afternoon tea on Tue and Sun from 3pm
Over 3500 mainly 17th and 18th century fans with some 19th century and early ones on display in Georgian houses; shop
Web: Fan Museum

Farnham Museum
Surrey
South-east Counties
Willmer House, 38 West St, Farham
on the A325
Tel. 0 1252 715 094
Open: year round, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm
Museum of local history, art and architecture, people, countryside; shop; parking at Waitrose in Lower Hart

Fashion and Textile Museum London
London
Greater London
83 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XF
Tel. 020 7407 8664
Open: Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm; check website for shop and cafe hours as closings, etc are regular occurrences
Centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery; special events and exhibitions; courses for students; shop; cafe
Web: Fashion and Textile Museum

Fashion Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
Bath Assembly Rooms
Bennett St, Bath
Tel. 0 1225 477 789
Open: Jan-Feb, 11am-4pm; March-Oct, 11am-5pm; Nov and Dec, 11am-4pm; exit 1 hour after these times
Built in 1769-71 for evening dances. Houses a collection of menswear, womenswear, accessories, dresses, coats, jackets, corsets, knitwear, fashion photographs, pockets, shirts, blouses, waistcoats, fans from the 1600s to the present; special exhibitions and events
Web: Fashion Museum

Fawley Court House and Museum
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
One mile north of Henley-on-Thames
Tel. 01491 57491
Open: May-Oct, Wed, Thu, and Sun, 2-5pm Library, historical sabre collection; paintings; arms and armour

Finchcocks Musical Museum and Garden
Kent
South-east Counties
Two miles west of Goudhurst
Tel. 01580 211 702
Open: Easter Sun-end Sep, Sun and BH Mon; Wed and Thu in Aug, 2-6pm; garden same days and months but from 12.30pm
Georgian baroque manor house; 100 historical keyboard instruments--demonstrations from 2.45pm; garden has herbaceous borders, shrubs, woodland walks, and walled kitchen garden
Web: Finchcocks

First Garden City Heritage Museum
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
296 Norton Way South
Letchworth Garden City
Tel. 0 1462 482 710
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan
In 1907 thatched building; story of Letchworth, its founder Ebenezer Howard, and its people; art collection; textile collections; ceramics and pottery; special events; shop
Web: First Garden City Heritage Museum

Firstsite Contemporary Art Gallery
Essex
Eastern Counties
4 – 6 Short Wyre Street, Colchester
Tel. 0 1206 577 067
Open: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm
Contemporary Art gallery; changing exhibitions; cafe; meeting rooms
For photos and more details see our article Firstsite:Newsite Contemporary Art Gallery
Web: Firstsite

Fitzwilliam Museum
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Trumpington St
Cambridge
Tel. 01223 332900
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun and BH Mon, noon-5pm
World-class collections of works of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilizations; sculpture, furniture, pottery, oriental art, paintings, drawings and prints, manuscripts, antiquities from Egypt, Greece and Rome, coins and medals, and 20th century art; exhibitions; events; family activities; music; café; shop
Web: Fitzwilliam Museum

Fleet Air Arm Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester
On B3151
Tel 0 1935 840 565
Open: Nov-end March, Wed-Sun, 10am-4.30pm; April-end Oct, daily, 10am-5.30pm
Exhibitions include 100 years of navy flying, WWII aircraft, aircraft carrier theatre experience; exhibition on theory of flight; historic aircraft; restaurant; parking
Web: Fleet Air Arm Museum

Fleming Collection
London
Greater London
13 Berkeley St
Green Park is nearest tube station
Tel. 020 7409 5730
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5.30pm
Important private collection of Scottish art; works by many of Scotland's most prominent artists, from 1770 to the present day, including works by early 19th century artists, the Glasgow Boys, the Scottish Colourists, the Edinburgh School, and many contemporary Scottish names
Web: Fleming Collection

Florence Nightingale Museum
London
Greater London
St Thomas' Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 7EW
Tel. 020 7620 0374
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun and BH, until 4.30pm
Artefacts, archives, pictures, library resource; special information on Florence Nightingale and the Crimean War
Web: Florence Nightingale

Forge Hill Needle Museum
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Redditch
Tel. 01527 62509
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Thu, 11am-4.30pm; Sat and Sun, 2-5pm; Feb, March, Oct and Nov, closed on Sat
National needlework exhibition

Fox Talbot Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Lacock, near Chippenham
Tel. 01249 730 459
Open: 3rd week Feb-end Oct, daily, 11am-5.30pm; Nov-3rd week Dec and Jan, Sat and Sun, 11am-4pm; shop open daily year round
National Trust property; in conservation village; museum telling about William Henry Talbot, photographic pioneer who invented the positive/negative process; also in the village is Lacock Abbey, former abbey converted to his home; parking in car park--fee; shop

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Gainsborough’s House Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
46 Gainsboro' St, Sudbury
Tel. 01787 372958
Open: all year, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm
Georgian home of the painter’s father; some of house is 15th century; 16th century parlour; Gainsborough paintings; 18th century furniture; events; courses
Web:Gainsborough’s House Museum

Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
Brunswick Road, Gloucester
Tel. 01452 396 131
Open: year round, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm
Victorian building; archaeological finds, fine and decorative arts; natural history specimens of Gloucestershire; iron age finds; Turner paintings; special events; children's activities

Gloucester Folk Museum
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester
Tel. 01452 396 868
Open: year round, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm
Tudor timber-framed building; social history of county; fishing, dairy history; costumes; Victorian classroom; exhibitions; events; special activities

Gloucester Waterways Museum
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester Docks
Gloucester city
Tel. 0 1452 318 200
Open: year round, daily (except 25 and 26 Dec and 1 Jan), 11am-4pm; July and Aug, 10.30am-5pm
Housed over three floors in Victorian warehouse at historic Gloucester Docks; Ecology gallery; Water Lives gallery (living and working on the docks); Move It gallery explains engineering of canals; shop, café; boat trips; pay car park
Web: Gloucester Waterways Museum

Godalming Museum
Surrey
South-east Counties
109a High Street, Godalming
Tel. 01483 426 510
Open: all year, Tue-Sat; summer 10am-5pm; winter, 10am-4pm
Medieval building with story of Godalming told through displays, trails, touch objects, interactive computers and local studies library

Gold Hill Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury
Tel. 0 1747 852157
Open: March-end Oct, 10.30am-4.30pm, daily except Wed.
History of Shaftesbury, the historic local button industry, collection of agricultural implements, and more; cottage garden

Grantham Museum
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
St Peter’s Hill, Grantham
Tel. 01476 568 783
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 31 Dec/1 Jan
Archaeology, natural sciences, weapons, social history; free admission

Graves Art Gallery
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Surrey St, Sheffield
In town centre above central library, 10 min walk from train station
Tel. 0114 278 2600
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm and BH Mon, closed Dec 24-26 and Jan 1 Permanent displays from Sheffield collections of 19th and 20th centuries British and European art; programme of temporary exhibitions; café
Web: Sheffield Galleries

Great Northern Museum (formerly Hancock Museum)
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Barras Bridge, Newcastle
Tel. 0191 222 6066
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm
Collections from Hancock Museum and Newcastle University's Museum of Antiquities, Shefton Museum and Hatton Gallery; large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, displays of animal and plant kingdoms, objects from ancient Greece, mummies from ancient Egypt; planetarium; life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton; events; exhibitions
Web:Great Northern Museum

Green Howards Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Richmond, in the square
Tel. 0 1748 822 133
Open: 10am-4.30pm, Mon-Sat; closed Dec and Jan
Collections of Green Howards regiment with details, artefacts, photographs, uniforms
Web: Green Howards Museum

Greenwich Heritage Centre
London
Greater London
Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
Tel. 020 8854 2452
Open: Tue-Sat, 9am-5pm
Amalgamation of former borough museum and local history library; information and displays on Greenwich history, royal arsenal and royal Woolwich dockyard told in documents, books, maps, photographs, and prints; talks; activities; shop

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Gressenhall, 3 miles north-west of Dereham, on the B1146
Tel. 0 1362 860 563
Open: mid March-end Oct, 10am-5pm; Feb term time and week after Christmas, 10am-4pm
50 acre site; historic workhouse; museum of life on the land; cart rides; traditional cottage; rare breed farm; shop; café; playground; picnic areas; woodlands; water meadows; gardens; orchard; riverside walks; parking
For more information and photos see our article Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum
Web: Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum

Grosvenor Museum
Cheshire
North-west Counties
27 Grosvenor Street, Chester
Tel. 0 1244 402 033
Open: 10.30am-5pm, Mon-Sat; 1-4pm, Sun
Reconstruction of Georgian period house; museum covers three floors; displays of art; silver, furniture, clocks; Roman tombstones; local crafts and costumes; musical instruments; exhibitions; events; shop; free admission

Guildford Museum
Surrey
South-east Counties
Castle Arch, Guildford
Tel. 0 1483 444 751
Open: Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm
Archaeology; local history covering trade, social life, industry, Victorian childhood and schoolroom; displays on Gertrude Jekyll and Lewis Carroll; specialist needlework collection; special exhibitions and events; shop

Guildhall Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
The Green Market, Carlisle
Tel. 0 1228 618 718
Open: April-Oct, daily, noon-4.30pm
Medieval building that served as guildhall with displays on eight guilds: shoemakers, butchers, merchants, skinners and glovers, smiths, tailors, tanners, and weavers; silver room; street parking or city car parks only

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Halesworth History Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Halesworth, at the railway station
Tel. 01986 873030 (curator)
Open: May-Sep, Tue and Wed, 10am-12.30pm and 2-4pm; Thu and Sat, 10am-12.30pm; BH, 2-4pm; Oct-April, Tue-Thu, 10am-12.30pm
Local history; story of Halesworth; display about Sir William Hooker, first Director of Kew Gardens who lived in Halesworth and his son, Sir Joseph Hooker, who was born in Halesworth and became second Director of Kew Gardens

Handel House Museum
London
Greater London
25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HB
Tel. 020 7495 1685
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, 10am-6pm; Thu, 10am-8pm; Sun, noon-6pm
Home of baroque composer George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759; celebrates Handel's life and works; portraits of Handel and his contemporaries; restored Georgian interiors; recitals—check website for details
Web: Handel House Museum

Harborough Museum
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough (town centre, entrance via Fox Yard)
Tel. 01858 821085
Open: Mon-Sat, year round except for Christmas holidays, 10.30am-4.15pm
Museum about the market town of Harborough; Symington collection of corsetry; large collection of local photographs, temporary exhibits on town history; Hallaton gallery tells the story of the treasure found nearby that included 5000 coins and Roman helmet remains

Harley Gallery
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
Welbeck, Worksop (at Wellbeck estate)
Tel. 0 1909 501700
Open: Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm
Artists studios; gallery, exhibitions and events; craft shop; parking
Web: Harley Gallery

Harvey Gallery
Surrey
South-east Counties
Harvey Rd, Bright Hill, Guilford
Tel. 01483 518539
Open: year round (except for half term times) Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-noon
Yearly series of exhibitions highlighting first time exhibitors and students; coffee bar; parking nearby
Web: Harvey Gallery

Haynes International Motor Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
Sparkford, Nr Yeovil
On the A359
Tel 0 1963 440 804
Open: March-end October, 9:30am-5:30pm; November-end February, 10:00am-4:30pm (school summer holidays open until 6pm)
UK’s largest exhibition of cars with over 400 cars and bikes ranging from classics to supercars; café; shop; children’s activities; weddings
Web: Haynes International Motor Museum

Helena Thompson Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Park End Road
On A66, eastern outskirts of town of Workington across from Workington Hall
Tel. 01900 64040
Open: Sun-Wed, 1.30-4.30pm
Former 18th century private home, now a museum with a model of Workington Hall, women and children’s dresses, needlework, pottery, jewellery, silver, glass, and furniture; social and industrial history of Workington
Web: Helena Thompson Museum

Heritage First!
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Sir John Barrow Cottage
Dragley Beck, Ulverston
Tel. 0 1229 587 120
Open: May-end Sep, 11.45am-3pm (Volunteers permitting)
Dedicated to the life of Sir John Barrow; collection of documents covers information about Ulverston and Furness from Neolithic times to post World War II; traditions, industries, historical records of ships, historical photographs, artefacts, and more about Ulverston’s history; limited family research facilites
Web: Heritage First!

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Somerset
South-west Counties
19 New King Street, Bath
Tel. 01225 446865
Open: mid Feb-end Nov, Tue-Sun, 10:30am-5pm
Grade II listed 1760s Georgian town house of the Herschels; William Herschel discovered planet Uranus in 1781, satellites of Saturn and other planets, rotation of Saturn’s rings, and motion of binary stars. He also discovered existence of infra-red radiation; museum includes portraits and objects; events; shop

Hertford Museum
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
18 Bull Plain Street, Hertford
Tel. 0 1992 582 686
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm
Museum in 17th century building; local information; changing exhibitions; recreated Jacobean knot garden; shop
Web: Hertford Museum

Higgins Art Gallery and Museum
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Bedford
Tel. 0 1234 718 618
Open: year round, Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun and BH Mon, 2-5pm
Bedforshire lace collection; shop
Web: Higgins Art Gallery and Museum

Hinckley and District Museum
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Lower Bond St, Hinckley
Tel. 01455 251218
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun from 2-5pm, mid April-end Oct; open BH Mon
In a row of restored thatched 17th century cottages, once used for framework knitting. History of the Hinckley area from pre-historic to medieval times including the hosiery, boot, and shoe industries of the area. Try knitting a sock on a Griswold machine.

Historic Dockyard and Museum Chatham
Kent
South-east Counties
Chatham near the rail station
Tel. 0 1634 823807 (info line)
Open: 1st week Feb-3rd week March, daily 10am-4pm; from 3rd week March-3rd week Oct, daily, 10am-6pm; also weekends in Nov; closed Dec and Jan
Maritime heritage site of 80 acres with historic ships and buildings and maritime history galleries; 1940s dockyard; exhibits include the submarine Ocelot, the Second World War destroyer HMS Cavalier, HMS Gannet (1878), the last sloop of Queen Victoria’s navy, and the RNLI’s national collection of lifeboats; special events during the year; shop, restaurant, picnic area; parking
Web: Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

HMS Belfast Naval Museum
London
Greater London
Morgan’s Lane, Tooley Street
(between the Tower and London Bridge)
SE1 2JH
Tel. 020 7940 6300
Open: 10am-6pm, March-Oct; 10am-5pm, Nov-Feb; closed 24-26 Dec
Europe’s last surviving big-gun armoured warship from the Second World War is a floating naval museum with nine decks of history; hands-on and interactive displays on shipbuilding; special exhibitions and programs; ship was launched in 1938 and played leading part in the Battle of North Cape and Normandy landings; cafe
Website: Imperial War Museum

Holburne Museum of Art
Somerset
South-west Counties
Great Pulteney Street, Bath
Tel. 0 1225 466 669
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun and BH, 11am-5pm; closed Christmas hols
18th century Sydney Hotel in Sydney Gardens park now a museum with paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture, Italian bronzes, maiolica, glass, portrait miniatures, and porcelain; important works by Gainsborough, Guardi, Stubbs, and Turner. Exhibitions and events, lectures, concerts, children’s workshops.
Web: Holburne Museum of Art

Hollytrees Museum
Essex
Eastern Counties
Castle Park, Colchester, at end of the High street.
Tel. 01206 282940
Open: year round, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm; closed 24-27 Dec and 1 Jan
300 years of home life in Colchester displayed in Georgian townhouse built in 1718; childhood gallery with playroom; AV, hands-on activities; shop; special events throughout the year; free admission.

Horniman Museum
London
Greater London
100 London Road, Forest Hill, South London On south circular road (A205)
Tel. 020 8699 1872
Open: museum 10.30am-5.30pm daily; gardens from 7.15am-dusk (on Sunday and BH from 8am); library Tue-Sat 10.30a,-5.30pm, on Sun from 2-5.30pm
16 acre garden; Horniman library; museum exhibitions illustrating cultural and natural world, natural history and musical instruments; aquarium; special events and workshops; cafe; shop; conservatory; free admission and parking
Web: Horniman

House of Manannan Heritage Centre
Isle of Man
Peel
Tel. 01624 648 000
Open: daily year round, 10am-5pm
Story of Mann told in interactive heritage centre with AV, dioramas, displays, etc.

Household Calvary Museum
London
Greater London
Horse Guards, Whitehall
Tel. 020 7766 7330 (advance bookings); 020 7930 3070 (general enquiries)
Open: daily (except 24-26 Dec); March-Sep, 10am-6pm; Oct-Feb, 10am-5pm; changing of guard 11am; inspection 4pm
Collection of uniforms, silver and memorabilia; glass wall allows visitors to view Queen’s Life Guard stables and observe horses and cavalrymen on duty; interactive displays; rare objects include uniforms, royal standards and gallantry awards, musical instruments, horse furniture and silverware; shop
Web: Household Cavalry

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Imperial War Museum Duxford
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Duxford CB2 4QR
Tel. 01223 835 000
Open: daily except 24-26 Dec; mid March-end Oct, 10am-6pm, last admission 5pm; Nov-mid March, 10am-4pm with last admission 3pm
Historic heritage complex with collection of 200 aircraft including biplanes, Spitfires, Concorde and Gulf War jets; home to American Air Museum; collections of tanks, military vehicles, and artillery; Normandy experience; naval collection; Royal Anglian regiment museum; conservation and restoration of aircraft; events include air shows; Air Space which is part of the museum tells story of Britain's civil and military aviation, past, present and future; restaurant, cafés; large car park
Web: Imperial War Museum Duxford

Imperial War Museum London
London
Greater London
Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ
Tel. 020 7416 5320
Open: daily, 10am-6pm except 24-26 Dec
Note: closed from January 6, 2014 until 19 July, 2014 as part of major redevelopment project which includes new First World War Galleries and newly configured atrium
Six floors of exhibits and displays ranging from tanks and aircraft to photographs; special changing exhibitions, events, films, talks; café; free admission; nearest tube stations are Lambeth North (Bakerloo Line); Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee Line); Southwark (Jubilee Line); Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo, Northern Line)
Web: Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum North
Greater Manchester
North-west Counties
The Quays, Trafford Wharf Rd,
Trafford Park, Manchester City, M17 1TZ
Tel. 0161 836 4000
Open: daily, 10am-6pm, March-Oct; 10am-5pm, Nov-Feb; closed 24-26 Dec; last admission 30 minutes before closing
National collections; focuses on how war shapes lives; displays include The Big Picture (AV show), Action Stations (interactives), Iconic Objects, TimeLine, Silos (themes of war); special events and exhibitions; shop
Web: Imperial War Museum North

Intech Science Centre and Planetarium
Hampshire
South-east Counties
Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester
Tel. 0 1962 863 791
Open: daily, 10am-4pm
Worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; hands-on interactive science and technology centre with 100 exhibits that include: how to bend light, creating a tornado and vortex, working out how much energy it takes to power a light bulb and much more of interest for families; Britain's largest planetarium opened spring 2008; shop; cafe; car park (can be full by 11.30am and then no admittance to the centre so go early)
Web: Intech Science Centre and Planetarium

Ipswich Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
High St, Ipswich
Tel. 01473 433550
Open: 10am-5pm, Tue-Sat; closed 24-26 and 31 Dec and Good Friday
Life in Roman Suffolk; Anglo-Saxon origins of Ipswich; artefacts from Africa, Asia, North America, and Pacific; fossils, rocks, and minerals of Suffolk; Victorian Natural History Gallery; Egyptian gallery

Ipswich Town Hall Galleries
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Ipswich—nearest car park is Crown car park
Tel. 01473 432 863
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm
Gallery 1: changing exhibitions throughout the year, contemporary artists from the region and beyond. Gallery 2 is Suffolk Craft Society where jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, furniture, prints, hand-made cards, and more are on sale from leading designer makers of the region; Gallery 3 is active space with displays of Ipswich's recent heritage; free admission; disabled access
Web: Ipswich Town Hall Galleries

Ipswich Transport Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road, Ipswich
Tel. 01473 715666
Open: Sun and BH from 3rd week March-end Nov, 11am-4pm; also open school holidays including summer ones from 1-4pm
Former trolley bus depot has 90 transport exhibits from Ipswich area; prams and cycles, horse-drawn carriages, fire engines and buses; shop, tea-room, parking, wheelchair access
Web: Ipswich Transport Museum

Ironbridge Gorge Bridge and Museums
Shropshire
West Midlands
Ironbridge Gorge; Exit J4 of M54
Tel. 0121 625 6820; 01952 884 391 (Tourist Information Centre)
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm except Broseley Pipeworks which opens 1pm, mid May-end Sep; Nov-end March, 10am-4pm; phone TIC for specific details at 01952 884 391 as some museums close for winter; also check website for detailed information
Bridge is World Heritage Site, was world’s first iron bridge; 10 museums (scattered in the town) of industrial heritage include Ironbridge and Tollhouse, Museum of the Gorge, Tar Tunnel, Jackfield Tile Museum, Coalport China Museum, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Darby Houses, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Enginuity, Broseley Pipeworks; shops; eating places at the Victorian Town; parking
Web: Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Isle of Wight Bus Museum
Isle of Wight
South-east Counties
The Quay, Newport
Tel. 0 1983 533 352
Open: not given
Collection of vehicles and road passenger memorabilia from 1886 to present day; photographic display of IOW transport heritage
Web: Isle of Wight Bus Museum

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Jane Austen Centre
Somerset
South-west Counties
40 Gay St, Bath
Tel. 01225 443000
Open: year round; mid March-end Oct, daily from 9.45am-5.30pm, also in July and Aug open till 7pm Thu-Sat; Nov-mid March, 11am-4.30pm daily except Sat and Feb half term hols, from 9.45am-5.30pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Exhibition telling the story of Jane's Bath experience-the effect that Bath had on her and her writing; includes film, costume, contemporary exhibits, maps, and books. Tours from Tourist Information Centre outside KC Change in Abbey churchyard, year round on Sat, Sun, and BH at 11am or from Jane Austen Centre July and Aug, Fri and Sat at 6pm; tea-room; shop
Web: Jane Austen Centre

Jewry Wall Museum
Leicestershire
East Midlands
St Nicholas’ Circle
Leicester, LE1 4LB
Tel. 0116 225 4971
Open: Feb-Nov, Sat-Sun, 11am-4.30pm, Sun from 1-4.30pm; open Dec–Jan for special events and private hire; Term time open Mon-Fri for groups by appointment only.
Museum of Archaeology set in remains of Roman public baths; 2000 year old Jewry Wall, example of Roman walling. Tells story of Leicester from prehistory to the end of medieval period; archaeological collections from 300,000 years ago to end of Middle Ages; Roman collections include fine Roman mosaic and three rare examples of Roman wall painting.

Jodrell Bank Science Centre
Cheshire
North-west Counties
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
University of Manchester, Macclesfield
Tel. 01477 571321
Open: mid March-end Oct, daily, 10:30am-5pm; Nov-mid March, Tue-Fri, 10.30am-3pm, on weekends from 11am-4pm; closed different days during the year--check website for full details
Lovell radio telescope and Jordrell Bank observatory; exhibition galleries; planetarium; arboretum
Web: Jodrell Bank Science Centre

John Creasy Museum and Art Collection
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Salisbury Library and Galleries
Market Place, Salisbury
Tel. 0 1722 324 145
Open: Mon, 10am-7pm; Tue, Wed, Fri, 9am-5pm; collection by appointment
Permanent collection of books, manuscripts, and objects related to John Creasey, late contemporary artist; six exhibitions per year

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Kendal Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Station Road, Kendal
Tel. 0 1539 815 597
Open: year round, Wed-Sat, 10.30am-5pm; closed Christmas week
In former wool warehouse; natural history gallery; Lake District geology and habitats, flora, and fauna; history of Kendal area from prehistoric to modern times; World Wildlife Gallery; museum shop; parking on site; special exhibits; courses
Web: Kendal Museum

Kennet and Avon Canal Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Canal Centre, Couch Lane, Devizes
Tel. 0 1380 729 489
Open: Easter to Christmas, daily, 10am-5pm in summer; until 4pm in spring and autumn
Exhibition tells story of creation and restoration of Thames-Bristol canal; canalside walk to Caen Lock Flight; tea-room; shop; pay parking

Kennet and Avon Canal Visitor and Information Centre
Berkshire
South-east Counties
Aldermaston Wharf, Padworth, Reading
Tel. 0118 9712868
Open: April-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
Canal visitor information; shop; tea-room; parking

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Fitz Park, Station Road, Keswick
Tel. 0 17687 73263
Open: phone to check on open times
Traditional Victorian style museum with cabinets of curiosity; no parking or public facilities; includes local history and memorabilila of Lake writers
Web: Keswick Museum and Art Gallery However there is nothing on the website except a page of information on the Friends of the Museum

Kettle’s Yard
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Castle St, Cambridge
Tel. 0 1223 748 100
Open: house April-Sep, Tue-Sun and BH Mon. 12-5pm; gallery and bookshop open same days 11.30am-5pm; Good Fri and Xmas closings.
Department of the University of Cambridge. Former home of Jim Ede, Tate Gallery curator at one time; 20th century art collection with works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallis, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, and Henri Gaudier-Breszka. The gallery next to the house has contemporary and modern exhibitions; events, concerts, talks, workshops; limited parking
Web:Kettle’s Yard

Kew Bridge Steam Museum
London
Greater London
Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8 0EN
By Kew Bridge Rd and Green Dragon Lane intersection near Chiswick High Rd
Tel. 020 8568 4757
Open: 11am-4pm, Tue-Sun
World’s largest collection of steam pumping engines; steam railway rides (on Sun); evolution of London’s water supply (Water for Life gallery); shop; special events; small car park; café open mid day, weekends only; Transportation links are: Buses: 65, 237, 267, 391; Main Line Rail: Kew Bridge (South West Trains from Waterloo via Clapham Junction); Tube: Gunnersbury (District Line then 237 or 267 bus) or Kew Gardens (District Line then 391 bus) South Ealing (Piccadilly Line then 65 bus to Kew Bridge)
Web: Kew Steam Museum

Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Durham
North-east Counties
Alongside the A689, between Stanhope and Alston
2.5 miles (4km) north-west of Cowshill
Tel. 01388 537 505
Open: daily, April-end Oct, 10.30am-5pm
Fully restored 19th century lead mine; visitors experience life and work of lead mining families; underground tour; cafe; shop
Web: Killhope Lead Mining Museum

Knaresborough Castle and Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Castle Yard, Knaresborough
Tel. 01423 556188
Open: daily, Good Friday-end Sep, 10.30am-5pm; 30 minute tours at 11,12, 2.30, 3.30
Tudor courtroom; castle ruins; museum; underground tunnel tour

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Laing Art Gallery
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
News Bridge St, Newcastle
Tel. 0191 232 7734
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 2-5pm
Important 18th and 19th century paintings and watercolours; contemporary art

Lakeland Motor Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Old Blue Mill
Backbarrow, Newby Bridge, LA12 8TA
Tel. 0 15395 30400
Open: year round daily except closed 25 Dec, Nov-mid Feb, 10am-4.30 pm, mid Feb-end Oct, 10am-5.30pm
30,000 objects ranging from advertising posters to petrol pumps to vintage motorcycles; more than 150 cars; tractors; bicycles; pedal cars; re-creation of a 1920s garage; café
Web: Lakeland Motor Museum

Langton Matravers Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
St Georges Close, Langton Matravers
Tel. 01929 423168
Open: April-end Sep, 10am-noon, 2-4pm; or by appointment
Heritage of Purbeck stone with displays of worked stone, tools and photographs; old pictures and displays of fossils; reconstruction of underground quarry working and capstan

Laurel and Hardy Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
4c Upper Brook St, Ulverston
Tel. 0 1229 582 292
Open: Feb-Dec, daily, 10am-5pm; Thu, Sat and Sun in Jan
Memorabilia of Laurel and Hardy, film comedians, and a small 1920s style cinema showing their films; use town car parks
Web: Laurel and Hardy Museum

Laxey Heritage Trust Museum
Isle of Man
Mines Road, Laxey
Tel. 01624 675 522
Open: Easter, then mid-May-end Sep, daily, 10am-5pm
Local information about Laxey, the Wheel, and the mines; Manx Crafts; farm implements in yard

Leece Museum
Isle of Man
East Quay, Peel
Open: Easter-Sep, Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm; Oct-Easter, Tue-Sat, noon-4pm
Peel town museum
Website: Leece Museum

Leeds Art Gallery
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
The Headrow, Leeds city centre, by library
Tel. 0113 247 8256
Open: Mon and Tue, 10am-8pm; Wed, noon-8pm; Thu-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 15pm
20th century British art: prints, watercolours, sculpture, photography; multi-media gallery; special events and exhibitions; shop; cafe

Leeds Industrial Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Armley Mills, Canal Rd, 2 miles from Leeds city centre, off the A65 Leeds-Kirkstall road
Tel. 0113 263 7861
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Housed in one of world’s largest woollen mills ( in production until 1969); 18th and 19th century exhibits of the history of textiles, clothing, and engine and locomotive manufacture in the Leeds area; history of cinema projections, including the first moving pictures taken in Leeds and 1920s silent movies; some machinery operates on weekends; shop; picnic area; parking

Leicester City Museums
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Abbey Pumping Station
Corporation Road
Tel. 0 116 299 5111
Open: Feb-Nov, Sat-Wed, 11am–4.30pm, Sun 1-4.30pm; daily during school holidays except Christmas holidays; open Dec and Jan for special events
Museum of Science and Technology located in Victorian sewage treatment building; displays on Leicester’s 200 year old industrial, technological and scientific heritage
Belgrave Hall
Church Rd
Tel. 0116 266 6590
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm; Oct-March, 10am-4pm
18th century Queen Anne house has rooms of Edwardian and Victorian furniture and décor
Guildhall Museum
Guildhall Lane
Tel. 0116 253 2569
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm; Oct-March, 10am-4pm
14th century timber-framed hall
Jewry Wall Museum and Site
St Nicholas Circle
Tel. 0116 225 4971
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm; Oct-March, 10am-4pm
Museum of Archaeology in remains of Roman public baths; 2000-year old Jewry Wall
National Space Centre
Exploration Drive
For full details: National Space Centre
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
53 New Walk
Tel. 0116 225 4900
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm; Oct-March, 10am-4pm
Collections include natural and cultural world
Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens
The Newarke
Tel. 0 116 225 4980
Open: Feb-Nov, Sat-Sun, 11am-4.30pm, Sun from 1-4.30pm
In two historic houses: Wygston Chantry House and Skeffington House; history galleries and displays; section devoted to Royal Leicestershire Regiment
Leicester City Museums website: Leicester City Museums

Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Broadway St, Letchworth
Tel: 01462 685 647
Open: Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat, 10am-5pm
Local archaeology; iron age and Roman collections; fine and decorative art; natural and social history; changing exhibitions; shop; free admission

Lifeboat Museum (Henry Blogg Museum)
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Rocket House, the Gangway, Cromer
Tel. 01263 511 294
Open: Feb-March, Oct-Nov, 10am-4pm, Tue-Sat; April-Sep, 10am-5pm, Tue-Sat
Information about lifeboats; restaurant
Web: Lifeboat Museum (Henry Blogg Museum)

Liverpool Museums
Merseyside/Liverpool
North-west Counties
Customs and Excise Museum
Open: daily, 10am-5pm
Liverpool Museum
Tel. 0151 478 4399
Open: daily, 10am-5pm
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Tel. 0151 478 4499
Open: daily, 10am-5pm; ships and quaysides closed in winter
Sudley House, Mossley Hill Rd, Aigburth
Tel. 0151 724 3245
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, noon-5pm
Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St
Tel. 0151 478 4199
Open: daily, 10am-5pm, until 7pm on Thu
All Liverpool Museums are free
Website for Liverpool Museums: Liverpool Museums

London Canal Museum
London
Greater London
Gatti's Ice House, New Wharf Rd, King's Cross
Tel. 020 7713 0836
Open: Tue-Sun and BH Mon, 10am-4.30 and until 7.30pm first Thu of the month; last admission 45 min before closing; closed 24-26, 31 Dec
Artefacts and archives relating to canals of London and the ice trade shop; housed in 18th century ice selling building
Web: London Canal Museum

London Cartoon Museum
London
Greater London
35 Little Russell St, WC1
Tel. 020 7580 8155
Open: Open: Tue-Sat, 10.30am-5.30pm; Sun, noon-5.30pm
Collection of more than 750 cartoons and caricatures; library of 2500 books (by request); shop; special events
Web: Cartoon Museum

London Transport Museum
London
Greater London
39 Wellington St, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BB
Tel. 020 7379 6344
Open: Sat-Thu, 10am-6pm; Fri, 11am-9pm; (closed 25 and 26 Dec)
370,000 items including vehicles, posters, signs, models, photographs, drawings, and uniforms all related to London transport; miniature railway; shop, cafe
Web: London Transport Museum
For photos and more details see our feature at London Transport Museum

Long Shop Steam Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Main Street, Leiston
Tel/Fax: 01728 832 189
Open: April-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm
leiston’s history and home of the Garrett Collection; Grade II* listed Long Shop, built in 1852 as the first production line for portable steam engines; 200 years of local, social and industrial history; four exhibition halls; resource centre; picnic garden; shop

Loughborough Carillon and War Memorial Museum
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Queens Park, Loughborough
Tel. 01509 263370
Open: Good Fri-end Sep, daily, 10am-5pm on Thu and Sat; other days open 1-5pm; recitals on Sun and BH, 3.30pm, on Thu at 1pm throughout year.
First grand carillon in Britain; Museum of the Armed Forces with displays about WWI; views of Charnwood forest from the top.

Lyme Regis Philpot Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
Lyme Regis
Bridge Street, in center of town of Lyme Regis
Tel. 0 1297 443 370
Open: Easter-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun from 11am-5pm; Nov-Easter, Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm and daily during school holidays
1901 building with displays on Lyme Regis history that includes maritime (fossils) and domestic objects, paintings, prints, and photographs; writers gallery has displays on Jane Austen and other literary connections to the area; shop
Web: Lyme Regis Philpot Museum

Lynn Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Market St, King’s Lynn; in former Baptist chapel (near bus and rail stations)
Tel. 01553 775 001
Open: year round, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm (free from Oct-March)
History of West Norfolk from iron age to 20th century; home to Seahenge, a bronze age timber circle with replica in museum and display on its history; shop

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Macclesfield Silk Museums
Cheshire
North-west Counties
Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield
Tel. 01625 612 045
Open: April-end Oct: Paradise Mill, guided tours Mon-Sat at 12.15, 1.30,2.45pm; Sun tours the same except 1.45; Heritage Centre open Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm, on Sun, noon-4pm; West Park Museum, Tue-Sun, 1-4pm; Park Lane, Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm
Four museums (Silk Museum, School of Art, Paradise Mill, Heritage Centre Galleries, West Park Museum) give history of the silk industry in Macclesfield; AV presentations, models, costumes, textiles; 26 restored looms with weaving demonstrations; guided tour tickets available from The Silk Museum; shop. For full details visit their website.
Web: Macclesfield Silk Museums

Magna Science Adventure Centre
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Sheffield Rd
Templeborough, Rotherham
Tel. 01709 720 002
Open: 10am-5pm, daily, April-end Oct, closed Mon rest of year, also closed some days Sep-Feb; check website for specific days for those months
Interactive museum exploring steel; interactives about steel; AV presentation of steel furnance; history of steel; “Torch Quest” imaginative quest; steel tours; café, shop; special events; outdoor play areas (fee charged)
Web: Magna Science Adventure Centre

Manchester Museums
Greater Manchester
North-west Counties
Imperial War Museum North
Trafford Wharf Rd, Trafford Park
Tel. 0 161 877 9240
Open: daily, 10am-6pm,March-Oct; 10am-5pm, Nov-Feb; closed 24-26 Dec
Web: Imperial War Museum
Manchester Jewish Museum
190 Cheetham Hill Rd
Tel. 0 161 832 9879
Open: Mon-Thu, 10.30am-4.30pm, Sun until 5pm
Manchester Museum
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Tel. 0 161 275 2634
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, Mon and BH, 11am-4pm
Egyptology, birds and mammals, dinosaurs, and live amphibians;15 galleries with objects from around the world and almost every period in history; free admission
Web: Manchester Museum
Manchester Police Museum
Newton Street
Tel. 0 161-856 3287
Open: Tue, 10.30am-3.30pm
Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield
Tel. 0 161 832 2244
Open: daily, 10am-5pm
Web: Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Transport
Boyle St, Cheetham
Tel. 0 161 205 2122
Open: Sat, Sun, Wed and BH, 10am-5pm
Pumphouse People’s History Museum
Left Bank, Bridge St
Tel. 0 161 228 7212
Open: Tue-Sun, 11am-4.30pm
Web: People’s History Museum

Manor House Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Just south of the Bury St Edmunds abbey grounds
Tel. 0 1284 757 076
Open: Feb-Sep, daily except Mon, 10am-5pm; Oct-March, until 4pm
Georgian townhouse; collection of watches, clock and wooden timepieces; costumes

Manx Museum
Isle of Man
Kingswood Grove
Douglas IM1 3LY
Tel. 01624 648 000
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
Manx national heritage museum; film on the story of Mann, galleries of natural history, archaeology, and social development of the island; café, shop.

Market Hall Museum
Warwickshire
West Midlands
Market Place, Warwick
Tel. 01926 412 500
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm and BH Mon; Sun, 11.30-5pm from May-Sep
Displays of local archaeology, natural history, and geology

Market Lavington Village Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Church St, Market Lavington
Rear of Old School
Tel. 0 1380 816 222 (secretary)
Open: May-Oct, Wed, Sat, Sun, and BH, 2.30-4.30pm
In 1846 house built for schoolmaster; collections on village life include Victorian kitchen, photographs, and memorabilia; parking at rear of church with path to museum
Web: Market Lavington Village Museum

Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Control Tower Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Off Eagle Way at Martlesham Heath
Four miles east of Ipswich
Tel. 01473 624510 or 01473 435104
Open: Sun, from Easter to last Sun in Oct, 2-4.30pm; other times by prior arrangement by phone
Depicts the aviation history from 1916-1979 of this Royal Air Force Station; regular reunions are held; was Suffolk’s oldest airline in 1917; tea and coffee available.
Web: Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Control Tower Museum

Maryport Maritime Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
1 Senhouse St, Maryport
Tel. 0 1900 813 738
Open: Easter-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm
Collection of objects, models, paintings, and pictures related to Maryport; shipbuilding, fishing, and other industries; social history; Tourist Information Centre

Melton Carnegie Museum
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray
Tel. 01664 569946
Open: daily, 10am-4.30pm
Displays on the social, industrial, and artistic history of the Melton area; collection of Stilton tableware and John Ferneley paintings

Mercer Art Gallery
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Swan Rd, Harrogate
Tel. 01423 556130
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm; also open BH Mon
Harrogate district's fine art collection; 2000 works mainly from 19th and 20th centuries; works by William Powell Frith, Atkinson Grimshaw, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dame Laura Knight, Alan Davie, and others; two gallleries: Main Gallery and smaller North Gallery; exhibitions range from national touring exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture, and crafts to exhibitions from permanent collections to displays by local artists

Mere Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Public Library, Museum and Information Centre
Barton Lane, Mere
Tel. 0 1747 860 908
Open: Mon, 10am-7pm; Tue-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 9am-1pm
Local history collection of 6000 items; photographic archive; changing displays
Web: Mere Museum

Mersea Island Museum
Essex
Eastern Counties
High St, West Mersea
Tel. 0 1206 385 191
Open: May-Sep, 2-5pm, Wed-Sun and BH Mon
Exhibits of Mersea’s social history, natural history, archaeology, fishing industry, fisherman’s cottage display; special exhibitions; winter program of events; disabled parking; shop
Web: Mersea Island Museum

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Centre Square, Middlesbrough
Tel. 01642 726 720
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-4pm; Thu, 10am-8pm
Fine art; decorative and applied art includes ceramics and jewellery; temporary exhibitions of art from 20-21st centuries; shop; café
Web: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Military Museum of Devon and Dorset
Dorset
South-west Counties
The Keep, Bridport Road, Dorchester
Tel: 01305 264066
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm; Oct-March, Tue-Sat, same hours; closed 3 weeks during Christmas time
Modern military museum with computers and displays that tell stories of Devon and Dorset regiments for past 300 years; views from the battlements; limited parking

Mill Green Museum and Mill
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Mill Green, Hatfield, just off A414 near garden centre
Tel. 0 1707 271 362
Open: Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun, and BH, 2-5pm
Housed in 16th century mill house; three small exhibition galleries of local exhibits; next to museum is restored 18th century working flour mill, producing organic flour on Tue and Wed 10am-12.30pm, and 1.30pm-3.30pm, Sun and BH 2pm-4.30pm; craft demonstrations and special events on summer weekends; tea-room; modern garden; picnic area; parking

Millennium Gallery
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Arundel Gate, Sheffield
Tel: 0 114 278 2600
Open: daily; Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm; exhibitions, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm; BH Mon, 10am-5pm
Four different galleries under one roof with exhibitions drawn from the collections of Britain's national galleries and museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate; contemporary craft and design gallery; metalwork gallery; John Ruskin gallery; talks and workshops; educational activities
Web: Millennium Gallery

Millgate Folk Museum
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
48 Millgate, Newark
Tel. 0 1636 655 730
Open: daily, 10.30am-4.30pm
Displays on archaeology, costume, natural history, art; photographs; social history; Civil War; military items; leaflets available on city Civil War Trail

Millom Discovery Centre
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Station Bldg, Station Rd
Millom, LA18 5AA
on the A5093, 5 miles southwest of Broughton-in-Furness
Tel. 0 1229 772 555
Open: year round, April-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10.30am-3.30pm; Sun, Easter-Oct, 10.30am-1.30pm
Displays on Millom’s iron and steel industry; reconstruction of a drift mine, a forge, and a miner’s cottage kitchen; railway memorabilia and artefacts; WWII display related to Millom; fashion from past years; Victorian school room; Millom genealogy service; rail ticket office; gift shop
Web: Millom Discovery Centre

Monkwearmouth Station Museum
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
North Bridge St, Sunderland
Tel. 0191 567 7075
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm
Victorian railway station with children’s gallery and special exhibits

Moore’s Traditional Museum
Isle of Man
Peel
Open: shop from April-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; tours Mon-Sat, 3.30pm
Herring curing factory.

Moot Hall Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Moot Green, Aldeburgh
Tel. 0 1728 454 666
Open: Easter-end April, Sat, Sun and BH, 2.305pm; May, Sep, Oct, daily, 2.30-5pm; June, July, Aug, daily, noon-5pm; closed Nov-March
Museum of local history in listed Tudor Town Hall
Web: Moot Hall Museum

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Northumberland
North-east Counties
Bridge St, Morpeth
Tel. 0 1670 500 717
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
In13th century church building; specialises in history and development of Northumbrian small pipes and their music; sound system brings pipes to life through personal headphones; craft centre and Visitor Information Centre; shop

Mortehoe Heritage Centre
Devon
South-west Counties
Mortehoe (entry through village car park)
Tel. 01271 870 028
Open: Easter-Oct, Sun-Thu, 10am-3pm
Local village museum in Grade II National Trust owned converted barn; historical cameo of village life includes maritime history, local shipwrecks, introduction to flora and fauna of North Devon, farming and country skills; shop; parking

Murrays Motorcycle Museum
Isle of Man
Snaefell
Tel. 01624 861 719
Open: mid May-end Sep, 10am-5pm with longer hours during race times.
120 motorcycles on display.

Museum in Docklands
London
Greater London
West India Quay, Canary Wharf, E14 4AL
Tel. 020 7001 9844
Open: daily, 10am-6pm, last entry 5.30pm; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Tells story of Thames river, its port and its people, from arrival of Romans to building of Canary Wharf; covers five floors in 200 year old, 110,000 square foot warehouse; 12 major galleries; children's gallery; education services; functions suites; café; restaurant; shop
For photos and more information see our article Museum in Docklands Web: Museum in Docklands

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Downing St, Cambridge
Tel. 0 1223 333 516
Open: Tue-Sat, 10.30am-4.30pm
University of Cambridge museum with local, national and world archaeology galleries; 750,000 objects of outstanding research and historical value; Anthropology section holds large Pacific collections of over 30,000 artefacts that include Pacific material from Captain Cook’s voyages and Fiji, Vanuatu, New Guinea and the Torres Strait objects; collections from Borneo, Malaysia, India, Uganda, West Africa, Amazon, Mexico, North American plains and north-west coast, and the Canadian arctic; unique collection of artefacts of British folklore; Anglo Saxon brooches, and Roman altar stones; over 100,000 field photographs and negatives in the photographic archive; museum shop
Web: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
London
Greater London
2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Rd, Notting Hill, W11 2AR
By tube: Notting Hill Gate, Westbourne Park, or Ladbroke Grove
Tel. 020 7908 0880
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 11am-5pm; also open BH Mon
Packaging for food, drink and household products; promotional material and posters dating back to Victorian times; tea-room; shop
Web: Museum of Brands

Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Sudbury, Ashbourne
Six miles east of Uttoxeter and A50/A515 junction; in Sudbury Hall
Tel. 01283 585 305--info line
Open: Hall open April-end Oct, Wed-Sun, 1-5pm; museum, tearoom, shop open April-end July and Sep-Oct, Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm; Aug, daily, 11am-5pm; Nov-3rd week Dec, weekends only, 10.30am-3.30pm
National Trust property; 17th century house with outstanding plasterwork, Gibbons woodcarvings, and staircase; displays of childhood toys and themes which focus on childhood work, home, school, babyhood, and stories; interactive displays; temporary exhibitions; shop; tea-room; parking

Museum of Classical Archaeology Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge
Tel. 0 1223 335 153
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-1pm during school term; Mon-Fri, 2-5pm during school holidays
University of Cambridge museum; collection of 600 plaster casts of Greek and Roman statues
Web: Museum of Classical Archaeology

Museum of East Anglian Life
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Crowe St, Stowmarket
Iliffe Way opposite ASDA in town centre, signposted from A14 and B1115
Tel. 0 1449 612 229
Open: last week March-end first week Nov, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 11am-5pm
75 acres; woodland; nature trails; animals; 15 restored buildings; shop; cafe; parking next to museum
For photos and more information see our article at Museum of East Anglian Life
Web: East Anglian Life

Museum of English Rural Life
Berkshire
South-east Counties
Redlands Rd, University of Reading, Reading
Tel. 0118 378 8660
Open: Museum: Tue-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat and Sun, 2-4.30pm. Archives and Library Reading Room: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, by appointment
History of farming, food and countryside; objects, archives, photos

Museum of Garden History
London
Greater London
Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 7LB
Tel. 020 7401 8865
Open: daily except first Mon of the month, 10.30am-5pm; closed Christmas holiday period; garden café open daily, 10.30am-4.45pm
History of gardens and gardening in historic former church, local history exhibition, outdoor garden; shop; café; to visit the museum take underground Lambeth North or Westminster
Web: Museum of Garden History

Museum of Island History
Isle of Wight
South-east Counties
The Guildhall, High St, Newport
Tel. 0 1983 823 366
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-3.30
Story of Isle of Wight from prehistoric to present day; hands-on and computer exhibits

Museum of Lakeland Life
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Abbot Hall, Kendal
Tel. 0 1539 722 464
Open: mid Jan-through 3rd week Dec, Mon-Sat, 10.30am-5pm, except closes at 4pm Nov-March
Details history of life in Lakeland over past 250 years; temporary displays; parking; coffee shop
Web: Museum of Lakeland Life

Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Burton Rd, Lincoln
Tel. 01522 528 448
Open: April-Sep, daily, 10am-4pm; Oct-March, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm
Social history museum; commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life from 1750s to present day; interactive galleries of Royal Lincolnshire Regiment; tea-room (closed on Sun); shop; parking

Museum of Nottingham Life
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
Brewhouse Yard, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham
Tel. 0 115 915 3600
Open: Tue-Sun, 10am-4.30pm
Set in five 17th century cottages below Castle Rock where man-made caves house museum dislays including reconstructed air raid shelter; museum tells the social history of the city covering 300 years; reconstructed room and shop settings; gallery displays include 'Toys', 'Growing up in Nottingham' and 'Community Showcase' (work by local groups or individuals); reconstructed Victorian Schoolroom; next to 'Trip to Jerusalem' pub; shop; no parking—use city car parks

Museum of Smuggling History
Isle of Wight
South-east Counties
Botanic Garden, Ventnor
Tel. 01983 853 677
Open: April-end Sep, 10am-5.30pm
pay and display car park; picnic area; refreshments
Over 700 years of smuggling practices detailed in 300 exhibits

Museum of Technology
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge
Tel. 0 1223 368 650
Open: Easter-end Sep, Sun only; Nov-Easter, 1st Sun of month only
In original sewage pumping station for Cambridge; pumping station's original equipment and other engines; products manufactured by W.G. Pye of Cambridge; letterpress-printing equipment (from early hand operated presses to power machinery); instruments from Cambridge Instrument Company; information and artefacts from local industries; special events
Web: Museum of Technology

Museum of the Border and King’s Own Royal Border Regiments
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Queen Mary’s Tower, Carlisle Castle, Carlisle
Tel. 0 1228 532 774
Open: April-end Sep, 9:30am-5pm daily; Oct-end March, 10am-4pm daily; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Housed in former royal apartments, chapel, and Great Hall of Carlisle Castle; uniforms, equipment, medals, weapons, silver, and other memorabilia of Cumbria's County Infantry Regiment, the King's Own Royal Border Regiment, and local militia; video; shop

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Greater Birmingham
West Midlands
75-79 Vyse St, Hockley, Birmingham
Tel. 0 121 554 3598
Open: Easter-end Oct, Tue-Sun and BH Mon, 11.30am-4pm; Nov-Easter, Tue-Sat and BH Mon, 11.30am-4pm
English Heritage property; preserved workshops and offices; working museum, factory tour, displays

Museum of Trains, Boats and TV Memories
Herefordshire
West Midlands
Bromyard
Tel. not given
Open: 10.30am-4.40pm, Tue-Sat, May-end Oct
Collection of Thunderbird puppets used in the making of the original Thunderbirds TV show; genuine World War II artefacts associated with the men from Walmington-on-Sea; displays of model trains, boats, steam engines, pedal cars, and vintage Scalextric

Museum of Zoology
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Downing St
Cambridge
Tel. 01223 336650
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-4.45; summer opening mid June-3rd week Sep from 10am-1pm; closed BH
University of Cambridge museum; two galleries with variety of recent and fossil animals including whale skeleton, shells, British birds, and mammals.
Web: Museum of Zoology

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Nantwich Museum
Cheshire
North-west Counties
Pillory Street, Nantwich
Tel. 01270 627 104
Open: April-end Sep, Mon-Sat, 10.30am-4.30pm
Galleries telling story of Nantwich; cheese making exhibition; Nantwich clocks; temporary exhibits; shop
Web: Nantwich Museum

National Brewery Centre
Staffordshire
West Midlands
Horninglow Street
Burton upon Trent, DE14 1NG
Tel. 0 1283 532 880
Open: daily except 25 Dec, 10am-6pm
National brewing museum; interactive and multi-media exhibitions in visitor centre explaining UK’s influence on world’s brewing techniques and brewing process; visitor tours of the onsite micro-brewery; vintage vehicle collection; master-classes for over-18s on the different tastes of beer; pub; parking
Web: National Brewery Centre

National Coal Mining Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, on the A642
Tel. 01924 848 806
Open: daily, 10am-5pm; book underground tour (last one at 3.15pm) before noon on holidays and in summer to get a place, children under 5 not allowed; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Underground tour brings to life experiences of a miner from 1820 and also modern mining; above ground exhibition on life of miner at home; information on mining; pit buildings; videos; shop; restaurant; free admission
Web: National Coal Mining Museum

National Gallery
London
Greater London
Trafalgar Square
By underground: Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo Lines), Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly Lines)
Tel. 020 7747 2885
Open: year round, daily, 10am-6pm; until 9pm on Wed; closed 24-26th Dec and 1st Jan
Western European paintings include old masters; Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Constable, and Da Vinci and many more; special exhibitions; restaurant; café; shops
For more details see our article National Gallery
Web: National Gallery

National Glass Centre
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Liberty Way, Sunderland, off the A1018
Tel. 0 191 515 5555
Open: daily, 10am-5pm
Web: National Glass Centre
Five gallery spaces highlighting glassworks; housed in glass and steel building on the river; exhibitions of historic and contemporary glass; changing exhibitions; education rooms/workshops; hot glass demonstrations; glass studio; classes in glass blowing for adults; family events; special events; restaurant; shop selling glass items made by the artists on site; free entry; parking

National Maritime Museum
London
Greater London
Greenwich Park, Greenwich
Tel. 020 8312 6565 for recorded information
Open: 10am-5pm, daily, until 6pm in summer
Britain’s seafaring heritage with related artefacts and displays; inside the Neptune Hall is a museum of marine artefacts; the Barge House is home to Prince Frederick’s barge and Queen Mary’s shallop; West Wing has displays of the early voyages of discovery, information on the Royal Navy, ships’ models, Britain’s marine history, shipbuilding, and much more; Old Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House are part of the museum

National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Bradford
Tel. 0870 7010200
Open: daily (closed on some holidays—check website) except Mon, 10am-6pm
Three million items of historical, social and cultural interest; shop, cinema
Website: National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television

National Portrait Gallery
London
Greater London
St Martin’s Place, (Charing Cross and Leicester Sq are nearest underground)
Tel. 020 7312 2463 (info-line)
Open: year round, daily, 10am-6pm, late Thu and Fri night opening till 9pm; closed 24-26 Dec
More than 100,000 portraits in the total collection; paintings, prints, and drawings; special exhibitions; bookshop; gift shop
Web: National Portrait Gallery

National Railway Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Leeman Rd, York
Tel. 08448 153 139
Open: daily, 10am-6pm; closed 24-26 Dec
Three hundred years of railway history that includes royal coaches (including Queen Victoria's), steam engines, locomotives, rolling stock, carriages and wagons; demonstrations; events; 750,000 objects; story of Flying Scotsman and British rail; videos; shop; miniature railway; children's rail theme play area; free admission; pay car park or catch free shuttle train from museum to York Minster in town centre every half hour (Easter-end Oct from 11am-4pm; allow a full day to explore fully
For more information see our article National Railway Museum
Web: National Railway Museum

National Space Centre
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Exploration Drive, Leicester
Off the A6 two miles north of city centre
Tel. 0 116 261 0261
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm (last entry 3.30pm); check website before visit as closed some Mondays and for various events throughout year
Six different themed galleries about space science and astronomy; interactive activities; AV presentations; shop; snacks; pay car park
Web: National Space Centre

National Tramway Village and Museum
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Crich, just east of Wirksworth, near Matlock
Tel. 0870 75 87267
Open: 2nd week Feb, daily, 10.30am-4pm; weekends in March, 10.30am-4pm; Easter-end Oct, daily, 10am-5.30pm
Details on the development of the tram told in exhibition buildings (go on warm day, buildings not heated); rides on old tram car, large collection of trams; shop, restaurant, pub, picnic area; woodland walks
Web: National Tramway Museum

Natural History Museum
London
Greater London
Cromwell Rd, South Kensington
Tel. 020 7942 5000
Open: daily, 10am-5.50pm, closed 24-26 Dec
Galleries include information about the planet earth, fossils, minerals, ecology, birds, dinosaurs, plants, mammals, human biology, marine life, wildlife garden, Darwin centre, and much more; events, activities, special exhibitions; restaurant, café, snack bar, sandwich bar, coffee bar; shops; free entry except some special exhibitions
Web: Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum at Tring
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Corner of Akeman Street and Park Rd
Tring
Tel. 020 7942 6171
Open: year round except 24-26 Dec; Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm
A branch of the Natural History Museum; Rothschild collection of 4000 stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects from the 19th century in Victorian glass display cabinets; hands-on activity room for children; special exhibitions and events; shop; café; parking

Nautical Museum
Isle of Man
Castletown harbour
Tel. 01624 648 000
Open: April-Oct, daily from 10am-5pm
Late 18th century armed yacht "Peggy" lying in her original boathouse; maritime exhibits

Nelson Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
26 South Quay, Great Yarmouth
Tel. 0 1493 850 698
Open: Jan-end March and Oct-Nov, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, Sat and Sun, 1-4pm; April-end Sep, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat and Sun, 1-4pm; Grade I listed Nelson Monument at the museum open for guided tours (217 steps to top) one weekend each month; for exact dates go to website; to book tour phone 0 1493 850 698
In a grade II listed Georgian merchant's house; all about Nelson’s childhood, career, and battles; re-creation of a man-of-war; picnic area; shop; car park
Web: Nelson Museum

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
Leicestershire
East Midlands
53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA
Tel. 0116 225 4900
Open: daily, Mon-Sat from 10am-5pm, on Sun from 11am-5pm; closed Dec 24-26 and 31 and Jan 1; downstairs art galleries may be closed until noon on certain Saturdays for weddings
Collections of natural and cultural world; exhibitions include Wild Space on biodiversity, dinosaurs, rocks and fossils, ancient Egyptians, world art, and several other art sections; venue for music performances and weddings; limited on-site parking, full wheelchair access; coffee shop

Newark Air Museum
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
Drove Lane, Newark
Tel. 0 1636 707 170
Open: Nov-Feb, daily, 10am-4pm (closed some Christmas holiday days); March-Oct, daily 10am-5pm
Exhibits include aviation artefacts and memorabilia;café; shop; special events
Web: Newark Air Museum

Newark Town Hall Museum
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
Town Hall, Newark (on second floor—lift for disabled)
Open: Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm
Listed Georgian town hall with 18th century assembly room; historic council chamber; mayor’s parlour; town treasures include paintings, furniture, and ceremonial silver
Web: Newark Town Hall Museum

Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens
Leicestershire
East Midlands
The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY
Tel. 0116 225 4980
Open: Feb-Nov, Sat-Sun, 11am-4.30pm; Sun, 1-4.30pm
Two historic houses from early 16th century make up the museum; history galleries and displays with a museum of Royal Leicestershire Regiment

Normanton Church Museum
Rutland
East Midlands
South Shore, Rutland Water
Tel. 0 1572 653 026
Open April-Oct
Church saved when reservoir constructed; interior now a museum with video and displays on reservoir; views over the water; reached by foot only

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Norwich city centre
Tel. 01603 493636
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-4.30pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm
Tells history of the castle and keep; collection of teapots and Cotman watercolours; cafe; shop; use city car parks

Nothe Fort
Dorset
South-west Counties
Barrack Road, Weymouth
Tel: 0 1305 766 626
Open: May-end Sep, daily, 10.30am-5.30pm; winter, Sun, 11am-4.30pm; last admission 1 hour before closing
Museum of coastal defence; 70 rooms with models, artifacts, and exhibits on the fort, local history; special events

Nottingham Castle Art Gallery and Museum
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
Nottingham, off Maid Marian Way
Near city centre
Tel. 01159 153 700
Open: March-Sep, daily, 10am-5pm; Oct-Feb, 10am-4pm
17th century mansion house set in grounds; paintings, glass, silver, Wedgwood; story of Nottingham gallery; temporary exhibitions; man-made caves underneath the castle--tours offered, phone for times; cafe; shop; no parking

Nottingham Contemporary Art Space
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
Weekday Cross, Nottingham
Tel. 0 115 948 9755
Open: Tue-Fri, 10am-7pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 11am-5pm
Contemporary art space with four art galleries; auditorium; education space; study centre; café; shop; changing exhibitions; use city parking
Web: Nottingham Contemporary Art Space

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Old Bakery Teddy Bear Museum
Herefordshire
West Midlands
12, The Square, Bromyard
Tel: 01885 488329
Open: 10.30am-4.40pm, Tue-Sat, May-end Oct
Antique bears, dolls, prams, Disney toys, a huge Steiff bear, and the smallest golly

Old House Museum
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Bakewell
Tel. 0 1629 813 642
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 11am-4pm
Items of local social history; toy room; kitchen; costume and lace collection; history of Bakewell pudding
Web: Old House Museum

Oriental Museum
Durham
North-east Counties
Elvet Hill, Durham City
University of Durham
Tel. 0 0191 334 5694
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun and BH, noon-5pm
Art collections from Chinese, Egyptian, Himalayan and Central Asian, Indian and South Asian, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, Islamic and Middle Eastern areas; special exhibitions; shop; cafe
Web: Oriental Museum

Oxford Museum of the History of Science
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Broad Street, Oxford
Tel. 0 1865 277 280
Open: Tue-Sat, 12-4pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm
Collection of historic scientific instruments and other scientific relics; events; special exhibitions; bookstall
Web: Museum of History and Science

Oxford University Natural History Museum
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Parks Road, off Broad St, central Oxford
Tel. 01865 272 950
Open: daily, 10-5pm, with short breaks at Easter and Christmas
History life on earth housed in historic neo-Gothic architecture building; collections of zoology, entomology, geology, mineralogy, and local dinosaur finds; shop; no parking
Web: Oxford University Natural History Museum

Oxfordshire Museum
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Fletchers House, Park St, Woodstock
Tel. 01993 811 456
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm
Collections of local history, art, archaeology, landscape and wildlife; county industries section; interactive exhibits; temporary exhibitions; garden; coffee shop; free admission

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Pallant House Gallery
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Chichester, West Sussex
Tel. 01243 774557
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun and BH Mon, 12.30-5pm
Modern British art; library, bookshop, cafe
Website: Pallant House Gallery

Pendle Heritage Centre
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Park Hill, Barrowford
Tel. 01282 661 702
Open: daily, 10am-5pm; closed 25 Dec
Historic building with museum, art gallery, shop, tearoom, 18th century walled garden, barn, and Tourist Information Centre; tells about the witch trials of 1612; guide to the witches trail available at the centre

Penrith and Eden Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Robinson’s School, Middlegate
Penrith, CA11 7PT
Tel. 0 1768 867 466 or 0 1768 212 228
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; April-Oct, also open Sun, 11am-4pm
History, geology and archaeology of Penrith and the Eden Valley; exhibits include Roman pottery from Plumpton Roman fort, prehistoric 'cup and ring' stones from Little Meg stone circle, and a Skelton village medieval carnival; changing exhibitions of historical and contemporary arts in gallery area

Perranzabuloe Museum
Cornwall
South-west Counties
Ponsmere Rd, Perranporth
Tel. 0 1872 573 321
Open: Easter-end Oct, Mon-Fri, 10.30am-4.30pm; Sat, 11am-1pm
Social and industrial past of Perranporth and area; displays include framing, mining, fishing, costume, surfing; Cornish kitchen replica; photographs; special events
Web: Perranzabuloe Museum

Peterborough City Museum
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Priestgate, Peterborough
Tel. 01733 343 329
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun and BH Mon, 12-4pm
Over 200,000 objects housed in 19th century Georgian house; archaeology; natural history; geology; art; shop; limited car parking, town pay and display 5 minutes

Pewsey Heritage Centre
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Whatleys Old Foundry, Avonside, Pewsey
Tel. 0 1672 562 617
Open: April-Oct, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-12.30pm
In former foundry building; collections encompass social, agricultural and industrial life in Pewsey Vale from 1800s; Victorian industrial machinery, steam and agricultural models; commercial and domestic item; postcards, photographs and archive material; free parking in co-op store park across street
Web: Pewsey Heritage Centre

Pitt Rivers Museum
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Parks Road, Oxford
Tel. 0 1865 270 927
Open: Tue-Sun, 10am-4.30pm; BH Mon, noon-4.30pm; closed some Christmas holidays
Over half a million archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world; shop; no parking
Web: Pitt River Museum

PM Gallery & Pitzhanger Manor
London
Greater London
Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, W5 5EQ
Tel: 020 8567 1227
Open: Tue-Fri, 1-5pm; Sat 11am-5pm, free admission
PM Gallery is extension of Grade I listed Pitzhanger Manor, designed by Sir John Soane and is now a contemporary art exhibition space in West London
Web: PM Gallery

Pontefract Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Salter Row, Pontefract
Tel. 01977 722740
Open: 10am-4.30pm, Mon-Sat, closed Sun.
In art nouveau building; history of Pontefract castle and borough; collection of local glass; changing exhibitions; 11,000 Pontefract images on view; reference room with local history files; activities and workshops, classes; shop

Poole Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
4 High St
Tel. 0 1202 262 600
Open: April-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm; Nov-April, Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, noon-4pm
Displays include archaeology, art, pirates, collection of Poole pottery, Iron Age Poole logboat, photographs and maps in building next door, replica hide to view Poole Harbour birds; special events and exhibitions; use town car parks

Port Sunlight Museum
Cheshire
North-west Counties
25 King George's Drive, Port Sunlight, Wirral
Tel. 0 151 644 6466
Open: daily 10am-5pm
Tell the story of Port Sunlight, built in the late 19th century as a model industrial village by owner of Lever soap; shop; tea-room; parking

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
Cornwall
South-west Counties
Eastern House, Porthcurno, St. Levan
Tel. 01736 811 914
Open: daily, mid March-end Oct, 10am-5pm with late opening June-mid Sep, Wed until 7.30pm; last admission 4pm; Nov-mid March, Sun and Mon, 10am-5pm; allow minimum of one hour for visit, two hours more realistic
Porthcurno was site of telegraph lines; Museum built into tunnels (to protect station from attack in WWII; displays, objects, exhibitions about the development of telegraph and communications, especially submarine telegraphy; parking; shop; snacks
Website: Porthcurno

Portland Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
217 Wakeham, Portland DT5 1HS, signposted off A354
Tel. 01305 821804
Open: Good Friday-end Oct, 10.30am-5pm daily; until 3.30 some days in Dec.; phone for full details
Housed in two thatched cottages; Thomas Hardy used one cottage in novel The Well Beloved as home of heroine Avice; founded in 1930 by Dr Marie Stopes, first curator and famous birth control pioneer; Portland Gallery tells history of the area; Shipwreck and Smuggling gallery; artefacts include Rosette Gem, Roman pottery, mesolithic tools, uniforms and insignia from Portland's army, and ammonites; shop; activities and events during year; free parking opposite

Priest 's House
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
North Lane, West Hoathly, West Sussex
Tel. 0 1342 810 479
Open: March-end Oct, Tue-Sat, 10.30am-5pm, Sun, noon-5.30pm
15th century timber-framed hall house with Horsham stone roof; now a museum with collection of 17th and 18th century domestic country furniture, costumes, kitchen equipment, needlework, textiles and household equipment; formal herb garden with 150 culinary, medicinal and folklore herbs

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Queen's Gallery Royal Collection
London
Greater London
Buckingham Palace grounds, SW1A 1AA
Tel. Ticket Sales and Information Office 020 7766 7301
E-mail: Queen’s Gallery
Open: daily, 10am-5.30pm, last admission 4.30pm; closed 25 and 26 Dec and sometimes other days so check website or book timed tickets online
Paintings, drawings, watercolours, furniture, ceramics, clocks, silver, sculpture, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints and maps, arms and armour, fans, and textiles from 1660 on collected by queens and kings, now held in trust for the nation. Changing exhibitions. Shop.
Web: Queen's Gallery Royal Collection

Quilt Museum and Gallery
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
St. Anthony's Hall, Peaseholme Green, York
Tel. 0 1904 613 242
Open: Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm; closed Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year, and BH
In 15th century building; dedicated to quiltmaking and textile arts; home for the Quilters Guild of the British Isles and their world-famous Heritage Collection (among the 600 quilts is the earliest known signed and dated patchwork, a 1718 coverlet); miniature pieces, quilted clothing, tools and equipment; special exhibitions of contemporary textile artists, seminars; workshops.
Web: Quilt Museum

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Radstock Museum
Somerset
South-west Counties
Waterloo Rd, Radstock, near Midsomer Norton
Tel. 0 1761 437 722
Open: Tue-Friday, Sun and BH Mon, 2-5pm; Sat, 11am-5pm; closed Dec and Jan
Run by the Midsomer Norton and District Museum Society; all about the lifestyle of the typical Somerset coalminer: cottage kitchen, mining section, coalface and miner's working conditions, facsimile co-op store, forge, agricultural implements, carpenter shop, classroom; temporary exhibitions; shop, tea-room
Web: Radstock Museum

Railway Museum
Isle of Man
Port Erin
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
Steam trains, carriages, railway exhibits; shop

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Ravenglass/Dalegarth
Catch train at railway station car park
Tel. 0 1229 717 171
Open: railway rides year round: check website as these vary greatly depending on which station you catch the train from, the day and the month of the year; railway museum open: daily, in winter from 9am-4pm; other seasons until 5pm; please call to verify times
Heritage miniature steam rail line seven miles long, runs from Ravenglass to Dalegarth; museum at Ravenglass has history and importance the railroad played in local life using photographs, an AV show, and railway models; Dalegarth station has shop, eatery, playground, mountain bike hire, and Romans in Eskdale exhibition; car park at both stations; special events listed on the website
Web: Ravenglass Railway

Reading Museum
Berkshire
South-east Counties
Town Hall, Blagravre St, Reading
Tel. 0118 939 9800
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun and BH Mon, 11am-4pm
Artefacts excavated from Roman town near Silchester; mosaics from Silchester Roman town; Roman pottery; interactive gallery; sculpture and decorative art from 12 century to present; story of Huntley & Palmers, Reading's famous biscuit makers; geology and natural history of Reading area; art gallery; copy of Bayeux Tapestry; history of Reading gallery; changing exhibitions; shop; cafe
Web: Reading Museum

Redbourn Village Museum
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Silk Mill House, The Common, Redbourn
Tel. 0 1582 793 397
Open: Sat and Sun, 2-5pm
Museum of local village history and industry including the glass bottle; information on former local priory; housed in remains of a silk mill; shop; parking

Richmondshire Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Ryders Wynd, Richmond, near the Market Place
Tel. 0 1748 825 611
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10.30am-last entry 4pm
Local museum with artefacts related to the town; domestic implements of the past; lead mining gallery; chemist shop; grocer's shop; original set of TV series, All Creatures Great and Small; special events

Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Cathedral Close, Salisbury
Tel. 0 1722 419 419
Open: Feb, March, Nov, Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm; April-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
Museum of Royal Berkshire and Wiltshire regiments; housed in 13th century building; landscaped garden; displays tell story of soldier’s life over 250 years; collection includes uniforms, weapons, medals, and silverware
Web: Rifles Museum

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
London
Greater London
Trocadero Centre, 1 Piccadilly Circus, W1D 7DH
Tel. not given on website
Open: daily, 10am-not given on website
New Ripley museum at this location; five levels of exhibits of odd, unusual and truly bizarre items, part of the chain of Ripley museums; also one located at Units 5 & 6 Ocean Promenade, Blackpool
Web: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum

Ripon Police and Prison Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
St Marygate, Ripon
Tel: 01765 690 799
Open: daily, Easter-end Oct, 1-4pm daily; Aug, 11am-4pm
Housed in former House of Correction and Liberty Gaol; historical information, displays; police uniforms; old cells; courthouse; yard has pillory, pair of stocks, whipping post and Police Box; AV presentation on policing and the prison

Ripon Workhouse Museum of Poor Law
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Allhallowgate, Ripon
Tel. 01765 690 799
Open: Easter-end Oct, daily, 1-4pm; Aug, from 11am
Museum in original buildings where the poor were housed and worked for their room and board from 1850s to 1920s; tells story of their daily existence

River and Rowing Museum
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Mill Meadows,Henley-on-Thames
Tel. 01491 415600
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm; until 5.30pm May-end Aug; closed 24-26 and 31 Dec and 1 Jan
Museum covers the past, present, and future of the river Thames, the historic riverside community of Henley-on-Thames, and the international sport of rowing; cafe (excellent food); free parking
See our article and photos at River and Rowing Museum
Web: River and Rowing Museum

Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock
Berkshire
South-east Counties
Gasworks Rd, off Kenavon Dr, Reading
Tel. 0118 939 9800
Open: April-Sep, Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun and BH Mon, 11am-4pm; Oct-March, 10am-3pm
Located in former industrial buildings; tells story of Reading's two rivers-the Kennet and the Thames; gypsy caravan, video about gypsy life; medieval mill wheel; turbine machinery

Roald Dahl Children's Gallery
Buckinghamshire
South-east Counties
Church Street, Aylesbury
Tel. 01296 331 441
Open: April-Oct; timed ticket system, booking by phone advised as times and days open vary greatly month to month and week to week
Gallery about the famous children’s author

Roman Baths Museum and Pump Room
Somerset
South-west Counties
Stall St, Bath
Tel. 01225 477 734
Open: Nov-end Feb, 9.30am-4.30pm; March-June, Sep-Oct, 9am-5pm; July-Aug, 9am-7pm;
World famous Roman baths; Sacred Spring, Roman Temple, Roman bath house; finds from Roman Bath; Georgian Pump Room; shop
Web: Roman Baths

Roots of Norfolk Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Gressenhall, 3 miles north-west of Dereham
Tel. 01362 869251
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov, Sun only, 11am-4pm
50 acres with displays, traditional cottages and shops, Georgian workhouse with collections of historical objects, gardens, historic orchard, rare breed farm animals, punch horses, steam engines; family attraction; hands-on displays, audio guide, country trails

Royal Air Force Museum and National Cold War Exhibition
Shropshire
West Midlands
Cosford, Wolverhampton
Tel. 01902 376 200
Open: daily, 10am-5pm (some areas are open until 6pm but 2 hours needed for visit)
70 aircraft; exhibitions and displays; Cold War exhibition includes V-bombers, Canberra bomber, Dakota transporter and Jaguar strike aircraft; interactive kiosks focus on Cold War; shops; free admission
Note: another branch of this museum is in North London and has 100 aircraft on show (See entry below)
Websites: National Cold War Exhibition and Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

Royal Air Force Museum London
London
Greater London
Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL
Tel. 020 8205 2266
Open: daily, 10am–6pm (last admission 5.30pm)
Collection of aircraft, aviation artefacts, and memorabilia; historic hangers; Battle of Britain Hall; interactive centre; films; flight simulator; allow several hours to visit; free admission and parking; restaurant; café; picnic areas; shop
Web: Royal Air Force Museum London

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Devon
South-west Counties
Queen Street, Exeter
Tel. 0 1392 665 858
Open: Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm; closed Mon and BH
Story of Exeter and Devon told from prehistoric to present times including archaeology, fine art, decorative arts, local history, natural history; other collections cover world-wide topics; activities; special events; cafe; shop; use city centre parking
Web: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

Royal Crown Derby Factory and Museum
Derbyshire
East Midlands
194 Osmaston Road, Derby
Tel. 0 1332 712800
Open: Visitor Centre, 9.30am-5pm, last entry 4pm, Mon-Fri
Derby China factory tours (wise to pre-book) Mon-Fri and first Sat month at 10am, 11am, 1.15pm and 2.15 (last not available on Fri) Visitor Centre; shop; restaurant; Royal Crown Derby museum with collection of porcelain dating from 1756 to present day
Website: Royal Crown Derby

Royal Naval Museum
Hampshire
South-east Counties
Victory Gate, HM Naval Base
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Tel. 023 9283 9766 (general enquiries); 023 9286 1512 (information line)
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-March, daily, 10am-4.15pm; closed 24-26 Dec
Located in the Historic Dockyard, a few minutes walk from the Dockyard Visitor Centre; four exhibition galleries: Victory, Nelson, Sailing Navy, 20th Century; special events and activities; at the Dockyard are three historic ships; shop; parking at the Dockyard
Web: Royal Naval Museum and Historic Dockyard

Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Market Ave, Norwich, by Castle Museum and Castle Meadow
Tel. 01603 493650
Open: year round, Tue-Fri, 10am-4.30pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; closed Christmas hols
History of Norfolk's soldiers and their families; collection of equipment, souvenirs and memorabilia; shop; use town car parks
Web: Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum

Royal Observatory
London
Greater London
Greenwich Park, Greenwich
Part of the National Maritime Museum
Open: 10am-5pm, daily, year round; May-end Aug, courtyard open until 8pm; for times of observatory shows see website
Built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1675; World Heritage site; home of the Prime Meridian; four time galleries: Time and Longitude, Time and Greenwich, Time and Society, and Time and the Navy; planetarium show; events; activities; free admission
Web: Royal Observatory

Royal Pump Room Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Off Crescent road, Harrogate
Tel. 01423 556188
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun from 2pm except in Aug when it opens at noon on Sun; Nov-March, closes at 4pm every day
Displays of old-fashioned shops and life in bygone Harrogate and how Victorians lived; information on Harrogate's park, the Stray; small shop; special exhibitions; use town car parks or walk from your accommodation if staying in Harrogate.

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum
Warwickshire
West Midlands
St John's House, Warwick
Tel. 01926 491653
Open: May-Sep, Tue-Sat and BH, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2.30-5pm
Tells story of 6th Foot (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) from its raising in 1674 to present day through mixture of real objects, uniforms, weapons, equipment, medals, pictures, documents and curios; shop

Royston Museum
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
5 Lower King St, Royston
Tel. 0 1763 242 587
Open: year round except Christmas holidays; Wed, Thu and Sat, 10am-4.45pm
History of the town of Royston; ceramics and glass collection; archaeological finds; old printing press; shop
Web: Royston Museum

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Warwickshire
West Midlands
Little Elborow St, Rugby
Tel. 01788 533 201
Open: Tue and Thu, 10am-8pm; Wed and Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1-5pm
Temporary exhibitions of contemporary art; pay and display car park in front of museum

Rugby Football Museum
Warwickshire
West Midlands
5-6 St Matthews St, Rugby
Tel. 01788 567 777; 01788 533 217 for disabled information
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm
All the details on the game of rugby; rugby ball making details in original workshop

Rum Story Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Lowther St., Whitehaven
Tel. 01946 592 933
Open: daily, year round, 10am-4.30pm; closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan
Fascinating museum tells the story of rum in Whitehaven through displays, artefacts, and videos; housed in original shop, courtyards, and warehouses; café. Allow minimum of 2 hours
Read our article and see our photos on our website at The Rum Story
Web: The Rum Story

Ruskin Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Yewdale Rd, Coniston
Tel. 0 1539 441 164
Open: mid Nov-mid March, Wed-Sun, 10.30am-3.30pm; March-mid Nov, daily, 10am-5.30pm
About Coniston’s most famous resident, John Ruskin, a poet/artist/writer/social reformer, who lived at ‘Brantwood’ on the shores of Coniston Water from 1872 to1900; chronology of his life, and memorabilia of his early life; Ruskin’s collection of minerals; section devoted to W.G. Collingwood and his art; information on the town’s pre-history, history, geology, local coppermines, farming, and linen and lace industry; shop
Web: Ruskin Museum

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
East Cliff, Bournemouth
Tel: 01202 451858
Open: Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm
Victorian art collection, Japanese Art and artifacts, sculpture collection,and contempory art exhibitions; children’s gallery called ‘Stories, Voices, Journeys’; shop; free

Rutland County Museum
Rutland
East Midlands
Catmose St, Oakham
Tel. 01572 758 440
Open: Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 10am-4pm; closed Sun and Mon and some Christmas holidays
Story of Rutland county; displays of archaeology, history and rural life in former riding school; pay parking by museum

Rutland Railway Museum
Rutland
East Midlands
Ashwell Rd, Cottesmore
Tel. 0 1572 813 203
Open: Thu and Sun, 11am-4pm; 3rd Sun every month
Tells story of railways in industry; open-air steam centre with locomotives, coaches, and various artefacts; special events; shop
Web: Rutland Railway Museum

Rye House Gatehouse
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Rye Road, Hoddesdon
On the A10 just south of Hertford
Tel. 01992 702 200
Open: Easter-end Sep, Sat, Sun, BH, 11am-5pm
17th century gatehouse; scene of the Rye House plot; exhibition and display

Ryedale Folk Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Hutton-le-Hole
Tel. 01751 417 367
Open: year round; April-end Oct, 10am-5.30pm, last admission 4.30pm; Nov-March, 10am-dusk; closed 20 Dec-20 Jan
13 buildings with collections and exhibitions on ways people made a living in Ryedale in the past; farming; glass making; cruck cottage; peasant cottage; farmer’s house; barn; collections of paraphernalia; special events
Web:Ryedale Folk Museum

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Saatchi Gallery of Modern Art
London
Greater London
Duke of York’s HQ, Sloane Sq, SW3 4RY
Tel. not given on website
Open: year round, daily, 10am-6pm, last entry 5.30pm
One of world’s largest contemporary art museums. Changing exhibitions and programs; free entry
Web: Saatchi Gallery

Saffren Walden Museum
Essex
Eastern Counties
Museum St, Saffren Walden
Tel. 0 1799 510 333
Open: March-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun and BH, 2-5pm; Nov-Feb, 10am-4.30pm; Sun and BH, 2-4.30pm
Collections include moccasins, mummy cases, woolly mammoths; displays of local history, archaeology, natural history and geology, ceramics, furniture, textiles, ancient Egypt; special exhibitions, events and holiday activities; 12th century Norman castle ruins in grounds; small parking area; small shop

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
King’s House, 65 Cathedral Close, Salisbury
Tel. 0 1722 332 151
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun during July and Aug, noon-5pm
In Grade I listed building; displays on Stonehenge; archaeology; social history; Pitt Rivers collection; history of Salisbury; ceramics; costume; lace and embroidery; temporary exhibitions; events; courses; use town car parks; shop
Web: Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

Sally Lunn House
Somerset
South-west Counties
4 North Parade Passage
Bath, BA1 1NX
Tel 01225 461 634
Open: museum daily, 10am; restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Oldest house in Bath, dating from 1482, where Sally Lunn established her bakery that became a favourite of fashionable society; now a restaurant with museum in cellars where you can see Roman and medieval foundations of the house, finds from the excavations, original kitchen with faggot oven, Georgian range and old baking utensils
Web: Sally Lunn House

Science Museum
London
Greater London
Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD
Tel. 0870 870 4868 or 020 7942 4000
Open: daily (except 24–26 Dec) 10am–6pm
Collections of hundreds of thousands of objects relating to science, technology and medicine providing a record of change since the 18th century; interactive galleries; special exhibitions; IMAX films; shop; two cafés; picnic area; Waterstone’s bookshop
Web: Science Museum London

Scott Polar Research Institute Museum
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Lensfield Rd, Cambridge
Tel. 01223 336540
Open: Tue-Fri, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm; Sat, noon-4pm; closed BH and Sun
Associated with the University of Cambridge; memorial to Scott with collections related to polar exploration, history and modern polar science and technology; permanent and temporary exhibitions; special events; shop; use city park and ride or Queen Anne city pay car park
Web: Scott Polar Research Institute Museum

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Downing St, Cambridge
Tel. 01223 333456
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm; closed various days throughout year, check website for details
University of Cambridge museum; 500 million years of earth’s history; rocks, minerals, fossils; exhibit sections are ancient life, life in Jurassic seas, origins of modern life, planet earth, mineral gallery, local geology, dinosaurs, the Burgess shale collection of strange creatures; prehistoric wildlife in east Anglia, and the Darwin collection; special events and activities
Web: Sedgwick Museum

Senhouse Roman Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
The Battery, Seabrows, Maryport
Tel. 0 1900 816 168
Open: Jan-March, Nov-Dec, Fri-Sun, 10.30am - 4pm; April-Oct, daily, 10.00am-5pm; closed 25, 26 Dec
Oldest collection of Roman artefacts (many altar stones) in Britain and largest from one site in Britain, the Roman fort Alauna and its nearby settlement; Celtic religious sculptures; displays on Roman occupation of the area and everyday life of Roman outposts; housed in 1885 Naval Reserve Battery; parking
Web: Senhouse Roman Museum

Serpentine Gallery
London
Greater London
Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA
Tel. 020 7402 6075
Open: daily, 10am-6pm
Modern and contemporary art; permanent work by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, dedicated to the Serpentine’s former patron Diana, Princess of Wales; admission free

Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden
Dorset
South-west Counties
Park Walk, Shaftesbury
Tel. 01747 852910
Open: April-Oct, 10am-5pm
Museum housing artefacts of 888AD nunnery; ruins on the site; audio tour; shop; park in town's free car park by Tesco and walk there
For photos and full details see our article at Shaftesbury Abbey

Sharpe’s Pottery Museum
Derbyshire
East Midlands
West St, Swadlincote
Tel. 01283 222 600
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4.30pm
Small pottery industry museum with program of concerts, lectures, exhibitions, and events; permanent displays and tourist information services

Sheffield Galleries
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Arundel Gate; Weston Park: Western Bank; Graves Gallery: Surrey St; Bishop's House: Norton Lees Lane
Tel: 0114 278 2600
Open: Millenium gallery: Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm; exhibitions from 10am; Sun, 11am-5pm; BH Mon, 10am-5pm. Weston Park: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. Graves Gallery: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm and BH Mon. Bishop's House: weekends only, Sat, 10am-4.30-pm; Sun. 11am-4.30pm
Four different galleries
1. Millenium: collections of Britain's national galleries and museums, including Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate; contemporary craft and design gallery; metalwork gallery; John Ruskin gallery
2. Weston Park: the world and its past
3. Graves Gallery: visual arts
4. Bishop's House: 1500s timber framed house with many original features
All 4 museums have talks, workshops and educational activities
Web: Sheffield Galleries

Sherborne Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
Church Lane, Sherborne
Tel. 01935 812 252
Open: April-end Oct, Tue-Sat, 10.30am-4.30pm; Sun, 2.30-4.30pm
Collection of local history items, large archive of photographs, pictures, and drawings; displays include Roman history and earlier, Sherborne Abbey information, Sherborne Old Castle, Civil War, and silk industry; Victorian Dolls' House

Shipwreck and Maritime Museum
Isle of Wight
South-east Counties
Arreton Barns Craft Village, Arreton
Tel. 01983 533 079
Open: Easter-end Oct, 10.30am-4.30pm
Huge collection of shipwreck artefacts; shop; parking

Shirley Sherwood Gallery
Surrey
South-east Counties
Kew Gardens (new in 2008, attached to the Marianne North Gallery)
Richmond, TW9 3AB
Tel. 020 8332 5655
Open: year round, 9.30 am, daily except 25 Dec and 1 Jan; closing times vary depending on season of year
Gallery dedicated to botanical art includes illustrations of extinct species; 200 artists’ works; collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and from collector Dr Shirley Sherwood; rotating exhibitions

Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum
Shropshire
West Midlands
Castle St, Shrewsbury
Tel. 01743 358516
Open: mid Feb-3rd week May, Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; 3rd week May-mid Sep, 10am-5pm, Sun, 10am-4pm; call for details, sometimes events taking place Norman castle turned into home, then council chambers, then museum; displays cover castle history and Shropshire regimental museum
Web: Shrewsbury Museums

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Shropshire
West Midlands
Rowley's House, Barker St, Shrewsbury
Tel. 0 1743 361 196
Open: 3rd week May-mid Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm; Easter-3rd week May, Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm
In Rowley’s House belonging to a merchant; two late 16th century Tudor buildings, one black and white timber framed and the othr brick and stone; natural history, archaeology, local history; costume exhibitions; special exhibitions
Web: Shrewsbury Museums

Sir John Soane Museum
London
Greater London
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
Short walk from Holborn tube station on Central line
Tel. 020 7405 2107
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; also first Tue evening each month from 6-9pm; closed BH and Christmas eve
Art and architecture collection of one of England’s greatest architects; Regency showpieces
Web: Soane Museum

Smiths Row Art Gallery
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Market Cross, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds
in town centre
Tel. 0 1284 762 081
Open: year round, Tue-Thu, 10.30am-5pm
In Grade I listed Robert Adams renovated building; contemporary fine art and crafts; exhibitions; workshops; craft shop; use town car park
Web: Smiths Row

Snibston Discovery Park
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Ashby Rd, Coalville
Tel. 01530 278 444
Open: April-Sep, daily, 10am-5pm; Oct-March, Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm, Sat and Sun and school holidays, 10am-5pm.
Over 90 indoor and outdoor exhibits; Museum of Science, technology, history, and fashion; guilded colliery tours; train rides; events; café; shop; parking
Web: Snibston Discovery Park

Solway Aviation Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Aviation Heritage Centre, Carlisle Airport
Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle, CA6 4NW
Tel. 0 1228 573 823
Open: April-last week Oct, Sat, Sun, and BH, 10.30am-5pm; also open Fri during English school holidays
British Military Aircraft manufactured in the North West of England between the 1950s and 1960s; displays on the fire section and a life size copy of the control tower desk, along with the history of the various flight schools
Web: Solway Aviation Museum

Somerset House
London
Greater London
Between The Strand and Victoria Embankment (nearest underground is Temple except on Sun use Embankment)
Tel. 020 7845 4600
Open: year round, daily, 10am-6pm
18th century house now home to Courtauld Institute of Art, Gilbert Collection (over 800 works of European gold, silver, mosaics, and decorative arts) and Hermitage Rooms; special exhibitions and events; café; restaurant
For photos and more details see our article Somerset House
Web: Somerset House

South Molton and District Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
The Guildhall, the Square, South Molton
Tel. 0 1769 572 951
Open: mid March-end Oct, Mon and Tue, 10.30am-4pm; Thu and Sat, 10.30am-1pm
In ground floor of 18th century guildhall; life of the town and countryside told in four floors of exhibits; archaeology; archives; natural sciences; costume and textiles; decorative and applied art; medicine; coins and medals; personalities; science and technology; agricultural changes; hands-on collections
Web: South Molton Museum

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Ocean Rd, South Shields, NE33 2JA
Tel. 0101 456 8740
Open: April-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5.30pm; Sun 1-5pm.
Tales of South Tyneside: local history; Art Adventure art gallery; free admission

Southend-on-Sea Pier Museum
Essex
Eastern Counties
Southend-on-Sea, in old pier workshops under train station at shore end of Southend Pier; enter train station to access museum
Tel. 01702 611 214
Open: May-end Oct, Tue, Wed, and weekends, 11am-5pm
History of the pier; memorabilia items and artefacts
Web: Southend-on-Sea Pier Museum

SS Great Britain
Somerset
South-west Counties
Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road
Bristol City, BS1 6TY
Tel. 0117 926 0680
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10am-5.30pm, last entry 4.30pm; Nov-March, daily, 10am-4.30pm, last entry 3.30pm
Dockyard Museum with interactive displays; tours with av guide on world’s first great ocean liner launched in 1843 to provide luxury travel to New York; Victorian dockyard recreation; café; shop
Web: SS Great Britain

St Albans Museum
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Hatfield Road, St Albans
Note: as of April 2012, museum is due to be relocated to the Town Hall in Market Place but no date for this move has yet been determined.
Tel. 01727 819 340
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm; closed Christmas holidays
Displays tell history of abbey and town; medieval gallery; objects; special exhibitions; Salaman Collection, one of best public collections of tools in the country date from 1700-1950; 5000 photographs of local historic interest

St Mary’s Church Heritage Centre
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Oakwell Gate, Gateshead
Tel. 0 191 433 4699
Open: year round, Tue-Sun, 10am-4pm
Interactive displays chronicling Gateshead's and St Mary's history in 900 year old Grade I listed former church; family history area for tracing ancestors; first church onsite burned to ground in 1080; church damaged by Parliamentarians in civil war; fire in 1854 damaged church but rebuilt; church redundant in 1979; another fire in 1983 destroyed stained glass and chancel roof; now used as heritage centre

Stained Glass Museum
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
The South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely
Tel. 01353660347
Open: Easter-end Oct, Mon-Fri, 10.30am-5pm, Sat until 5.30, Sun from noon-6pm; Nov-Easter, same times, except on Sat until 5pm, on Sun until 4.30pm; on Christmas eve until 2pm, closed 25/26 Dec; early closing 24 Dec
National collection of stained glass covering 8 centuries; history of stained glass
Web: Stained Glass Museum

Stamford Museum
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Broad St, Stamford
Tel. 01780 766 317
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; closed 24-26 and 31 Dec and 1 Jan
Archaeology and social history of the town; local history collections; temporary exhibits; one hour on street parking or use town car park; shop sells town trail leaflets

Steam Museum Of The Great Western Railway
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Kemble Drive, Swindon
Tel. 01793 466 646
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm; closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan
Located in former Swindon railway works; story of the people who built, operated, and travelled on the railway; videos; hands-on exhibits; interactive displays; memorabilia; famous locomotives; sections include offices, general store, works, GWR network, reconstructed train platform; shop
Web: Steam Museum

Stephenson Railway Museum
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Middle Engine Lane, North Shields
Tel. 0191 200 7146
Open: April-end Oct, weekends, 11am-4pm; in August, daily, 11am-4pm; steam trains run Sun and BH Mon from noon; some school holiday and Christmas special openings
Collection of steam engines; steam train rides on offer; temporary exhibitions; history of electric transport in Tyneside

Stoke Bruerne Waterways Museum
Northamptonshire
East Midlands
Stoke Bruerne, Towcester
On banks of Grand Canal
Tel. 0 1604 862 229
Open: March-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
Details of history of canal building housed in former corn mill; working models, videos, pictorial and three dimensional displays; canal with locks and Blisworth tunnel; cafe; shop; pay car park

Stoke-on-Trent Museums
Staffordshire
West Midlands
1. Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Hanley
Open: March-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 2-5pm; Nov-end Feb, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1-4pm
Collection of Staffordshire ceramics; history of the potteries
2. Gladstone Pottery Museum
Uttoxeter Road, Longton
Open: daily, 10am-5pm
Victorian pottery; story of the potteries; original bone china workshops; tea-room; shop
3. Etruria Industrial Museum
junction of Trent and Mersey and Caldon canals
Open: Wed-Sun, noon-4.30pm
Steam powered potters' mill is scheduled ancient monument with working steam engine; exhibition; shop; tea-room
4. Ford Green Hall
Ford Green road, from the B5057
Open: Sun-Thu, 1-5pm
17th century timber-framed farmhouse and period garden; collection of textiles, ceramics and furniture
Tel. 01782 232 323 for all Stoke Museums

Suffolk Punch Horse Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Shire Hall, Woodbridge
Tel. 01394 380643
Open: Easter Mon-end Sep; Tue, Thu, and Sat, 2-5pm
Museum devoted to Suffolk punch—a heavy horse; details of history of the breed; work of blacksmith and harness maker; shows are put on by the society--details on their website
Web: Suffolk Horse Society

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Burdon Rd, Sunderland
Tel. 0191 553 2323
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2pm-5pm; closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan
Interactive displays about Sunderland from prehistoric times to the present; Art Gallery has Victorian paintings and artefacts; computer interactives; video presentations; temporary exhibitions; Winter Gardens exhibit 2000 flowers and plants; use town car parks

Sutton Hoo
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Two miles east of Woodbridge, on the B1083
Tel. 01394 389 700
Open: many varying days and hours depending on the month and school holidays; best to check NT website for full details; closed in Dec
National Trust property; Anglo-Saxon royal burial site of huge ship grave with treasures; museum with the details and full size reconstructin of the burial chamber and grave goods; AV show; restaurant; countryside walks; shop

Swaledale Folk Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Reeth
Tel. 01748 884373
Open: Nov-Easter, Sun, 10.30am-5.30pm; Easter-end Oct, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun and BH Mon, 10.30am-5.30pm
Local museum details lead mining of area, farming, village life, homemaking, religion, children’s activities, buildings; shop

Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre
Dorset
South-west Counties
Swanage, on town square, off High St
Tel: 01929 421 427
Open: April-Oct, 10am-5pm
History of Swanage and its people; heritage trail leaflets available

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Bath Rd, Old Town, Swindon
Tel. 0 1793 466 556
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
In listed building; changing art exhibitions of modern art; British ceramics; displays on history, archaeology, and geology of Swindon and area; Roman objects; hands-on exhibition for children; shop

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Tank Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
Bovington
Tel: 0 1929 405 096
Open: daily, 10am-5pm
Collection of armoured fighting vehicles; Tanks in Action displays during summer; outdoor children's play area; shop; restaurant; car park

Tate Britain
London
Greater London
Millbank, SW1P 4RG
Tel. 020 7887 8888
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5.30pm; first Fri of each month, open until 10pm
National collections of British art from 1500 to present day; special exhibitions and events; restaurant; café; very limited street pay parking; reached by underground: Pimlico (Victoria Line), Vauxhall (Victoria line), Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines); also reached by Thames boat from Tate Modern and by bus nos. 2, 3, C10, 36, 87 (formerly 77A), 88, 159, 185, 436 and 507
Web: Tate Britain

Tate Liverpool
Merseyside/Liverpool
North-west Counties
Albert Dock, Liverpool
Tel. 0151 702 7400
Open: Oct-March, Tue-Sun, 10am-5.50pm; April-Sep, daily, 10am-5.50 with late opening Tue-Sat in Aug until 9pm
Modern and contemporary art; exhibitions; events; shop; café
Web: Tate Liverpool

Tate Modern
London
Greater London
Bankside
Tel. 020 7887 8888
Open: year round, Sun-Thu, 10am-6pm; Fri and Sat, 10am-10pm
National collections of British and international modern art housed in former power station; includes important masterpieces by Picasso and Matisse, collections of surrealism, including works by Dali, Ernst, Magritte and Miro; collection of American abstract expressionism; special exhibitions and events; restaurant; café; coffee bar; no parking
Web: Tate Modern

Tate St Ives
Cornwall
South-west Counties
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
Tel. 01736 796 226
Open: March-Oct, daily, 10am-5.20pm; Nov-Feb, Tue-Sun, 10am-4.20pm; closed some days for rehanging, check website for details before visiting
Museum of modern and contemporary art; exhibitions; events; cafe; Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is part of the Tate St Ives; located at Barnoon Hill, St Ives
Web: Tate St Ives

Tavistock Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
Court Gate, Bedford Sq, Tavistock
Tel. 0 1822 612 546 (volunteer’s phone number)
Open: Easter-end Oct, Tue-Sat, 11am-3pm
Local museum; displays on town's history; annual exhibitions on aspect of town’s past
Web: Tavistock History

Taylor's Bellfoundry Museum
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Taylors Eayre and Smith Ltd
The Bellfoundry, Freehold Street, Loughborough
Tel. 01509 233414 for museum; 01509 212241 for foundry
Open: 10.00am-12.30pm, 1.30-4.30pm, Tue-Sat; usually closed Sun/Mon unless tour booked
Museum at working foundry; follows the development of English bellfounding over 600 years; includes an exhibition of photographs and artefacts on all aspects of the bellfounder’s art, the history of the Taylor family, and information on the Carter Ringing machine and carillons; visitors can try out a variety of different bells; limited parking only on street in the area
Web: Taylor’s Bell Foundry

Tenbury Wells Museum
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Goff's School, Cross Street, Tenbury Wells
Tel. 01299 832 143
Open: Easter-Sep, Thu and Sat, 10.30am-1pm; Sun and BH, 2.30-5pm
Collections consist of archaeology, natural sciences, costume, art, and social history of the past, especially related to Tenbury

Tewkesbury Museum
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
64 Barton Street, Tewkesbury
Tel. 0 1684 295 027
Open: March-Aug, Tue-Fri, 1-4.30pm, on Sat 11am-4pm; Sep-Oct, Tue-Fri, noon-3pm, on Sat 11am-3pm; Nov-March, Sat and event days only
Social history and archaeology collections related to history of Tewkesbury and its people; special events
Web: Tewkesbury Museum

Thirsk Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
14-16 Kirkgate, Thirsk
Tel. 0 1845 527 707
Open: Easter-end Oct, Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm
Eight rooms of exhibits of farming life of 1930s and 40s; 19th century cottage kitchen; toy collection; ceramics; coins; jewellery and tools found by archaeologists; historic shop fronts; Edwardian sitting room; Victorian bedroom; cricketing memorabilia; family history tracing service; free parking in Marage Rd
Web: Thirsk Museum

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
From A66, follow road signs to Threlkeld Quarry, taking the B5322 St John's in the Vale turn off
Tel. daytime 0 1768 779 747
Open: early March-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
Underground tour; museum; quarry site; mineral panning; shop
Web: Threlkeld Mining Museum

Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds
Tel. 0113 276 2887 (to book a tour)
Open: by tour: Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat and Sun, 1-5pm; last tour at 3.15pm
Riverside museum and historic working watermill; shown by tour only are mills, waterwheels, industrial machinery, engineer workshops, riverbanks, and wildlife; exhibition of life in the 1940s; picnic area; parking

Time and Tide Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Blackfriars Rd, Great Yarmouth
Tel. 01493 743 930
Open: Easter-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-March, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat and Sun, noon-4pm
History of the town and fishing heritage; audio guide; film shows; family activities; hands-on displays; cafe

Tiptree Visitor Centre Museum and Tea-room
Essex
Eastern Counties
Factory Hill, Tiptree
Tel. 0 1621 814 524
Open: Visitor centre, museum and tea-room daily (except for Christmas break), year round, in summer Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm; in winter closes at 4pm
Small museum with displays and machinery related to Tiptree Jam Factory of the past; tea-room; shop; parking
Web: Tiptree

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life
Devon
South-west Counties
St. Andrew Street, Tiverton
Tel. 01884 256 295
Open: Feb-Christmas, Mon-Fri, 10.30am-4.30pm, Sat, 10am-1pm
Social, agricultural, transport, and local history; locomotive and transport artefacts; special exhibitions
Web: Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tollhouse Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Tollhouse St, Great Yarmouth
Tel. 01493 745 526
Open: Easter-end Oct, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat and Sun 1.15-5pm
Tells story of crime and punishment from medieval times; in one of oldest prisons (formerly medieval merchant's house) in England; audio guide; hands-on activities

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
TUC Memorial Cottages, Tolpuddle, near Dorchester
Tel: 01305 848237
Open: April-Oct, Tue-Sat, 10am-5.30pm, Sun 11am-5.30pm; Nov-March, Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm; open BH Mon except Christmas and New Year
Story of six agricultural workers transported to Australia in 1834 after forming a trade union; interactive multi-media screens; free

Torre Abbey
Devon
South-west Counties
The King’s Drive, Torquay, TQ2 5JE
Tel. 0 1803 293593
Open: daily, 10am-6pm, last admission 5pm; Nov-Feb, 10am-5pm, last admission 4pm
Biggest surviving Premonstratensian medieval monastery in Devon and Cornwall, dates from 1196; closed by Henry VIII; Cary family home 1662-1929; now part historic house, part museum and part gallery; third largest art collection in Devon; 122 rooms on 20 different levels; surviving medieval undercrofts; 1300 slate grave slab on view; parking immediately adjacent, through Riviera International Centre car park (pay and display) or 5 minutes walk from Torquay Rail Station and 2 minutes walk from seafront bus routes; free guided tours available on request; wedding venue; brass rubbings
Web: Torre Abbey

Torrington 1646
Devon
South-west Counties
Castle Hill, South Street, Great Torrington
Tel. 0 1805 626 146
Open: Feb, Oct, Nov, Tue-Fri, 10am-4.30pm; March-May, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; June-Sep, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm and also Sat from 10am-3pm;
Exhibition on the battle of Torrington during the civil war between Royalists and Parliamentarians, physic garden; weaponry displays, costumes of the time to try on; tourist information centre on site; cafe, shops
Web: Torrington 1646

Totnes Elizabethan House Museum
Devon
South-west Counties
70 Fore St, Totnes
Tel. 0 1803 863 821
Open: museum open mid March-end Oct, Mon-Fri, 10.30am-5pm; groups by appointment on Sat; study centre open Wed and Fri, 10am-4pm
Museum in 1575 Elizabethan merchant’s house; social, cultural, economic history of Totnes; room dedicated to life of Charles Babbage; use town car park

Tower Bridge Exhibition
London
Greater London
Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP
Tel. 0 207 403 3761
Open: April-end Sep, 10am-6pm; Oct-end March, 9.30am-5.30pm
Views from high-level walkways; history of the bridge and how it was built; Victorian engine rooms, home to the original steam engines that used to power the bridge; venue for events
Web: Tower Bridge

Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museums
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Burnley
Tel. 01282 424213
Open: all year, Sat-Thu, noon-5pm
Museum in 14th century country house; paintings, furniture, textiles; period rooms; museum of local crafts and industries
Web: Toweley Hall Art Gallery and Museums

Transport Museum
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Chapel Lane, Wythall
Tel. 01564 826 471
Open: March-end Nov, Sat and Sun, 11am-4.30pm
Collection of preserved buses; battery electric vehicle collection; miniature steam railway; information on bus manufacturing industry
Web: Transport Museum

Trowbridge Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
The Shires Shopping Centre, Court St, Trowbridge
Tel. 0 1225 751 339
Open: year round, Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-4.30pm
In former working woollen mill; 14,000 items in collections; story of town and its people; displays include medieval castle, Victorian school room; weaver’s cottage, drapery shop, working textile looms; town history from 11th century; temporary exhibitions and activities; shop; tea-room; parking
Web: Trowbridge Museum

Tuille House Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Castle Street, Carlisle
Tel. 0 1228 618 718
Open: daily, except 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan; Nov-March: Mon-Sat 10-5pm, Sun 12-5pm; April-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
History of Carlisle and area; includes pre-history to Iron Age to Roman times, Late Roman, dark ages, medieval times; siege and civil war shown in AV and exhibition; AV on Border Reivers; social and railway history; wildlife of the area; Carlisle Life gallery; art gallery with changing exhibitions; Old House and Gardens, a Georgian house served as original museum, now houses Gallery of Childhood, paintings, and china; restaurant; shop; park in city Devonshire Walk car park
Web: Tuille House

Tynwald Museum
Isle of Man
St John near Peel
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 9am-5.30pm
Details on historical sites in the area on information boards and displays.

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Uttoxeter Heritage Centre
Staffordshire
West Midlands
34-36 Carter St, Uttoxeter
Tel. 01889 567 176
Open: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, 10am-4pm
17th century timber framed building with displays on the town’s history; shop; tourist information

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Victoria and Albert Museum
London
Greater London
Cromwell Rd, South Kensington (5 minutes from the tube station)
Tel. 020 7942 2000
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5.45, also some galleries open till 9pm on Fri
Vast collections from around the world include ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles; William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery with 3500 pieces on display ranging over the past 800 years; special exhibitions and events; two cafés; shops; limited metered street parking; allow several days to visit the entire museum or focus on one gallery for a day; for full details of the vast collection visit the website
Web: Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria Art Gallery
Somerset
South-west Counties
Bath, next to Pulteney Bridge
Entrance is opposite the bridge
Tel. 01225 477 233
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 1.30-5pm; year round except 25/26 Dec, Good Fri, and 1 Jan
15th century to present day collections include 18th century portraits, views of Bath, Victorian paintings, English delftware, and Staffordshire ceramic dogs; modern artists include John Nash, Walter Sickert, William Roberts and Kenneth Armitage; shop; study facilities; free entry
Web: Victoria Art Gallery

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Wakefield Art Gallery
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield
Tel. 01924 305 796
Open: 10.30am-4.30pm, Mon-Sat; Sun, 2-4.30pm
Victorian house with collection of sculptures by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth; modern British artists; regional artists; workshops and activities; shop

Wakefield Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Wood St, Wakefield
Tel. 01924 305 356
Open: Mon-Sat, 10.30am-4.30pm; Sun, 2-4.30pm
Sights and sounds of rainforest; collection of rare species; story of Wakefield gallery; shop; temporary exhibitions

Wallace Collection
London
Greater London
Hertford House, Manchester Sq
Tel. 020 7563 9500
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm
Restored Italianate mansion; collections of 18th century furniture and porcelain; miniatures; sculpture; medieval and Renaissance majolica, glass and Limoges enamels; armour; Old Master paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, and others; special exhibitions; restaurant; book and gift shop; nearest tube stations are Bond St and Baker St
Web: Wallace Collection

Walsall Museum
Greater Birmingham
West Midlands
Library Building, Lichfield Street, Walsall
near Birmingham, WS1 1TR
Tel. 01922 653 116
Open: Tue and Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 10am-4pm
History of Walsall, collection of artefacts of local industries, lives of the people, nationally important ‘Hodson Shop’ collection of twentieth century working clothing; changing exhibitions, program for adults and children; pay and display car parks nearby

Wardown Park Museum
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Old Bedford Rd, Luton
Tel. 0 1582 546 722
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm
Collections on history of Luton; collection of hats and laces; history of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regiment; temporary exhibitions; shop; café; parking
Web: Wardown Park Museum

Ware Museum
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Priory Lodge, 89 High St, Ware
Tel. 0 1920 487 848
Open: April-Sep, Tue-Thu, Sat, 11am-4pm; Sun and BH, 2-4pm
Local history gallery; changing exhibitions of local interest; geology of area; local industrial history; malting exhibition; original WWII bunker; herb garden; visitor information centre; shop; temporary exhibitions
Web: Ware Museum

Wareham Town Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
Town Hall, East Street, Wareham
Tel. 01929 553 448
Open: Good Friday-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm
Story of Wareham from pre-historic times; special exhibition on Lawrence of Arabia; video guide; free admission; town pay car parks

Water Pumping Station
Dorset
South-west Counties
Sutton Poyntz Pumping Station, Weymouth
Tel: 01305 832634 for individuals; 01225 526327 for groups
Open: by appointment only; call above number
Museum housed in Victorian pumping station tells the story of how water has influenced people’s lives from Roman to present times. Water turbine pump dating from 1857; free admission

Waterfront Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
4 High Street, Poole
Tel. 0 1202 262 600
Open: April-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm; Research centre has different hours, phone for details.
Poole’s history from prehistoric times to 21st century: street scene, trade with Newfoundland, Studland Bay wreck, Roman occupation; iron age log boat; ceramic collection; temporary exhibitions; free admission; adjacent medieval townhouse open in Aug

Weaver Hall Museum
Cheshire
North-west Counties
162 London Road
Northwich
Tel. 0 1606 271 640
Open: Jan-Oct, Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun and BH Mon, 2-5pm; Nov-Dec, Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat and Sun, 1-4pm; Mon during school holidays and BH Mon; closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Interactive gallery tells the story of salt production in Cheshire; shop; film; exhibitions; special events

Wedgwood Museum and Visitor Centre
Staffordshire
West Midlands
Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire ST12 9ES
Tel. 0 1782 204 218
Open: daily Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat and Sun, 10am-5pm; closed 24 Dec-1 Jan; for factory tour contact ahead of time for availability.
Thousands of archives and rarities charting the history of Wedgwood; contains 8000 historic ceramics, more than 75,000 manuscripts, and an art collection including works by Stubbs and Reynolds. Factory tours; exhibitions; film; restaurant; shop; parking
Web: Wedgwood Museum and Visitor Centre

Wernher Collection, Rangers House
London
Greater London
Greenwich Park
Tel. 020 8853 0035
Open: April-end Sep, Sun-Wed, 10am-5pm
English Heritage property; Georgian villa built 1723; royal home until 1902; former home of Sir Julius Wernher, one of De Beers’ diamond mine founders; 700 works of art include silver, jewels, furniture, paintings, and porcelain; parking

West Berkshire Museum
Berkshire
South-east Counties
The Wharf, Newbury
Tel. 0 1635 30511
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; also open BH Easter-Aug
Heritage of West Berkshire; local crafts gallery; temporary exhibitions; shop

Weston Park Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Weston Park, Western Bank, Sheffield
Near the University
Tel. 0114 278 2600
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm
Interactive activities for children; galleries include Sheffield life and times, wildlife, weather, landscape, prehistoric creatures, plants, rocks and minerals; Arctic World; displays of ancient and contemporary treasures; art exhibitions; café, shop
Web: Sheffield Galleries

Weymouth Museum
Dorset
South-west Counties
Brewers Quay Complex, Hope Square, Weymouth
Tel. 01305 777622
Open: daily, 10am-4.30pm; closed Dec. 25-27 and last two weeks Jan
Collection includes local paintings and prints from 18th to 20th century; topics range from The Great Western Railway and Royal Weymouth to the development of the town as a traditional seaside holiday resort; free admission, full disabled access

Whipple Museum of the History of Science
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Free School Lane, Cambridge
Between Bene't Street and Pembroke Street
Tel. 01223 330906
Open: Mon-Fri, 12.30-4.30pm
University of Cambridge museum; scientific instruments, apparatus, models, pictures, prints, photographs, books, and other material related to history of science from middle ages to present; includes instruments of astronomy, navigation, surveying, drawing, calculating, microscopes, telescopes, lab equipment, and more
Web: Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Wigston Framework Knitters Museum
Leicestershire
East Midlands
42-44 Bushloe End, Wigston
Tel. 0116 288 3396
Open: 2-5pm, Sun and first Sat of month and BH Mon
18th century knitter’s house and workshop with original frames

Wiltshire Heritage Museum
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
41 Long St, Devizes
Tel. 0 1380 727 369
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, noon-4pm (free on Sun)
Museum in two Grade II Georgian buildings; prehistoric collection from Wiltshire archaeological sites; Stonehenge barrow finds; Roman, Saxon, medieval and recent history galleries; natural history of Wiltshire; art gallery with changing exhibitions; shop
Web: Wiltshire Heritage Museum

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
London
Greater London
Church Rd, Wimbledon, SW19 5AE
By underground: Southfields on District Line or Tooting Broadway on Northern Line, then bus 493; enter through Gate 3; by rail: London Waterloo to Wimbledon Station, then bus 493.
Tel. 020 8946 6131
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm; closed during championships except to ticket holders and a few other days during year, check website for exact dates
Interactive exhibits; fashion museum of Wimbledon attire; 1980s re-creation of gentlemen’s dressing room; film on the science of tennis; 90 minute tours of the grounds available—must be booked in advance by phone or website; no parking available; shop
Web: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Windermere Steamboats and Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Rayrigg Road, Windermere
Tel. 0 15394 455 65
Open: mid March-end Oct, 10am-5pm daily; closed 2011 for redevelopment; check website for when open again, still closed July 2014
15 historic steam and motor boats on Lake Windermere; Swallows and Amazons exhibition; tea-room; shop; picnic area; special events; steam launch trips; parking
Website: Steamboat Museum

Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Museum Square, Wisbech
Tel. 01945 583 817
Open: Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm, year round
Extensive archaeological collection with ceramics, fenland activities, and Wisbech history; free admission
Web: Wisbech and Fenland Museum

Witney and District Museum
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Gloucester Court Mews
75 High St, Witney
Tel. 0 1993 775915
Open: mid April-3rd week Oct, Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 2-4pm
Displays on history of Whitney and local business; art gallery; archives and photos for family history research; free car parks nearby Web: Witney and District Museum

Woodbridge Museum
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Market Hill, Woodbridge
Tel. 01394 380 502
Open: Easter-end Oct, Thu-Sun and BH, 10am-4pm; please contact to confirm times
History of the area and its townspeople; display on Sutton Hoo

Worcester County Museum
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury
Near Kidderminster
Tel. 01299 250 416
Open: Feb-Dec; Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun and BH Mon, 11am-5pm; last admission 4.30pm
Exhibitions include toys, domestic items, costumes, archaeological finds; room sets such as schoolroom, nursery, Victorian and Georgian rooms, original rooms within Hartlebury castle such as the scullery and housekeeper’s room; film about Hartlebury and museum collections; in castle grounds are cider mill and historic travel and transport vehicles; events program includes historical re-enactments, arts and crafts; shop; café, picnic areas.
Web: Worcester Museum

Worcester Royal Porcelain Works and Museum
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Severn Street, Worcester
Tel. 01905 746000
Open: Mon-Sat, 9am-5:30pm, Sun, 11am-5:00pm; factory tours weekdays only, call first at 01905 21247 to book
Museum with collection of porcelain from Georgian, Victorian, and 20th century; film on company history

Wordsworth Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
On A591 near village of Grasmere behind Dove Cottage
Tel 0 1539 435 544
Open: Open: March-end Oct, daily, 9.30am-5pm; Nov-end Feb, daily, 9:30am-4:30pm; closed 24-26 Dec and Jan
Former coach house contains collection of letters, poetry, journals, and other documents and memorabilia related to William and Dorothy Wordsworth; tea-room; shop; parking
For photos and more information on Grasmere see our article Grasmere]Grasmere
Web: Dove Cottage

World of James Herriot
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
23 Kirkgate, Thirsk
Tel. 0 1845 524 234
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-March, 11am-4pm
In the real life Skeldale House, home of Alf Wight, portrayed as James Herriot in his books and TV series; museum explores veterinary science; surgery; TV series sets; computer displays; shop; allow 1.5 hours; use town car park
For photos and more information on James Herriot see our article James Herriot in Yorkshire
Web: World of James Herriot

Wycombe Museum
Buckinghamshire
South-east Counties
Priory Ave, High Wycombe
Tel. 01494 421 895
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun 2-5pm
18th century house; history of the district; social history collection; collection of Windsor chairs; art works, photographs and oral history tapes; events and special exhibitions; picnic area; shop; hot and cold drinks, snacks

Wymondham Heritage Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
10 The Bridewell, Wymondham
Tel. 01953 607 494 or 01953 600 205
Open: March-end Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; first Sun of month and BH Sun, 2-4pm
Tells the story of Wymondham, its people, and the museum building, the Bridewell, which was a prison, courthouse, and police station; displays, AV, objects; talks, special events; shop; tea-room (closed Sat); garden
Web: Wymondham Heritage Museum

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York Art Gallery
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Exhibition Square, York
Tel. 0 1904 687 687 (York Museums Trust)
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm; closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan
Decorative arts; paintings; studio pottery; drawings, watercolours, prints; special exhibitions; shop
Web: York Art Gallery

York Castle Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
York, near Clifford's Tower
Tel. 0 1904 687 687
Open: all year, daily, 10am-5pm
Victorian and Edwardian streets with storefronts and house rooms; old fireplaces, appliances, shops, costumes, and many collections; allow a full day if possible
For photos and more information see our article York Castle Museum Web: York Castle Museum

York St Mary’s
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Castlegate, York, in former church
Tel. 01904 687 687 (York Museums Trust)
Open: June-end Oct, daily, 10am-4pm
Changing art installations
Web: York St Mary’s

Yorkshire Air Museum
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Halifax Way, Elvington
Tel. 0 1904 608 595
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 10am-5pm; Nov-end March, daily, 10am-3.30pm; closed 25-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Based in WWII bomber command station; historic aircraft collection from the Wright Flyer to modern jets; exhibits include uniforms, air gunners, and military vehicles; special events; memorial gardens; restaurant; shop; parking
Web: Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
York, next to Lendal Bridge,main river bridge between York Railway Station and York Minster
Tel. 01904 687687
Open: daily, 10am-5pm; gardens open daily, 7.30am-5.30pm, later in summer
Roman and medieval archaeological finds; detailed information of history of Roman, medieval and abbey life; astronomy; biology; geology; 10 acres of gardens with ruins of St Mary's abbey (1088), medieval building, and Roman tower; special exhibitions; café
Web: Yorkshire Museum and Gardens

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
West Bretton, Wakefield
Less than 1 mile from M1 exit 38
Tel. 01924 832631
Open: daily; 3rd week March-end Oct, grounds and centre 10am-6pm, shop and restaurant 10am-5m with hot food served 11am-3pm, indoor galleries 10am-5pm during exhibitions, Longside Gallery 11am-4pm during exhibitions; Nov-3rd week March, grounds, centre and shop 10am-5pm, restaurant 10am-4pm with hot food served 11.30am-3pm, indoor galleries 10am-4pm during exhibitions, Longside Gallery 11am-3pm during exhibitions; closed 23-25 Dec
500 acres of outdoor sculptures in former 200 year old pleasure ground; four indoor galleries open during exhibitions; shop, restaurant; weekend coffee bar; picnic facilities; car park (fee charged)
Web: Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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